Brain and Cognition, Scenes and objects perception
France (ANEMF) - University of Toulouse, Toulouse
Brain and Cognition Research Center (CerCo- UMR 5549, UPS - CNRS)
Professeur Michele Fabre-Thorpe
Pr Michele Fabre-Thorpe
French, English
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
The CerCo scientific aim is to investigate in human and non-human primates the anatomy of the visual system, its functional architecture and the dynamics of visual computing, its interactions with other sensory modalities, and the neural basis of perception and higher cognitive functions such as representation of space, scenes and objects.
The efficiency of the primate visual system in object recognition is astonishing. In a fraction of a second we can detect, categorize, recognize, identify objects in the surrounding world. Even though neurons are very slow components, the performance of the biological visual system of primates is well above those of the computer best artificial visual systems.
Using experimental investigations, models and theoretical approaches, the aim of this research theme is to explain the extreme efficiency of the biological visual system in the processing of natural scenes, to investigate the underlying neuronal mechanisms and to identify the cerebral networks involved.
The specificity of CerCo scientific projects includes :
o a parallel approach in monkeys, humans and patients,
o a multi-disciplinary and multi-level approach (neurones, neuronal populations, cerebral networks, whole organisms)
o a various range of convergent methodological approaches, including anatomy, physiology, integrative neurophysiology, cognitive neurosciences, computational neurosciences and theoretical approaches, all available in a unique technical plateform

Your role:
Principally observation and if possible participation for some manipulations.

You will acquire:
Basis on how to manage research project, how to drive experimentation, to discuss results with the team

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What is the aim of the project?
What techniques and methods are used?
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The student will need knowledge on the neural system and visual system.
Some basis in informatics are required.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
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