Bjorn Merker

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Björn Merker is a neuroscientist and an independent interdisciplinary scholar educated in the USA, now living in southern Sweden.

The functional logic of an orienting super-hub in the roof of the midbrain - Bjorn Merker

Thursday, 5 September, 2013 - 11:30 to 13:00

The roof - or tectum - of the vertebrate midbrain houses a complex neural machinery, called the superior colliculus in mammals, whose functional role has not been definitively settled despite almost two centuries of empirical studies. Over time, the interpretation of its functional role has advanced from that of implementing a simple "visual grasp reflex" to ever more sophisticated operations such as target selection and priority mapping for orienting gaze shifts.

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