Virginie van Wassenhove
Virginie van Wassenhove

Donders Lecture - Virginie van Wassenhove - 28 November

Thursday 28 November 2024, 4 pm - 5 pm
Making sense of time (in the brain)

How the brain tells time is fundamental for the individuation, the coincidence, the integration and the ordering of events in time, but also for the feeling that time passes, that things exist for a while (duration) or that we can, at will, mentally travel to our vanished past and our not yet existing future. An epistemological difficulty stands in the way of understanding the status of “time” in neurosciences: temporalities emerge from the perspective of the brain (the generator, actuator, and observer) not from the external observer (the experimenters). Yet how neural circuits code, use, and represent time is largely debated. I will discuss the role of neural rhythms from the basic feeling that time passes to the elicitation of, and the mental navigation in, temporal cognitive maps.

When
Thursday 28 November 2024, 4 pm - 5 pm