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Methods Hour: From the sky to the ground: Using astronomical methods to make progress in psychology and neuroscience

Dr. Renée Hložek, Associate Professor of Astrophysics at the Dunlap Institute in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto
Friday, September 30, 2022
12:00-1:30 PM
4448 East Hall Map
Abstract: At first glance the fields of psychology, neuroscience and astrophysics are vastly different, however the disciplines are all similarly concerned with uncovering underlying structures: that govern the behavior of human beings, the functioning of brains and the physics of objects in the cosmos. In this talk, I will illustrate how an interdisciplinary perspective can leverage the strengths of astronomical methods to advance and enhance the brain and behavioral sciences. Specifically, I will describe how astronomical simulation techniques can be used to assess psychological temporal network methods for studying individual differences in learning, and the process of using astronomical image processing to improve the detection efficiency of neuroscientific synaptic calcium transients in high-resolution microscopy. I close with a consideration of the ways in which centering research methodology can advance interdisciplinary and discipline-specific knowledge.
Building: East Hall
Event Type: Presentation
Tags: Psychology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Psychology, Psychology Methods Hour