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“Imaging the Human Thalamus”
Dr. Keith Schneider
March 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am
Dr. Keith Schneider is the inaugural director of the Center for Biomedical and Brain imaging and an associate professor in
the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. He recently moved to Delaware in August, 2016.
He was previously director of the MRI Facility at York University in Toronto.
In this talk I will review my MRI studies investigating the human thalamus. Most work in the human brain has investigated the cortex, which subserves many functions such as memory, pattern recognition, and compression.
But to understand the fundamental operation of the brain we need to investigate the control structures in the sub-cortex. In a series of studies we have measured the functional properties of the thalamic nuclei, including the lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN), medial geniculate nucleus (MGN), pulvinar and thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN). We have investigated mostly vision and attention and have also looked at special populations, including people with albinism and dyslexia.