Carnegie Mellon University

Victor M. Bearg Neuroscience Lecture Series

The Victor M. Bearg neuroscience lecture series is sponsored by Victor M. Bearg ('64), a Mellon College of Science graduate in physics. Mr. Bearg has generously endowed this Neuroscience Institute speaker series to bring dynamic lecturers to our community.

krakauer.pngJohn Krakauer
John C. Malone Professor, Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Director of the Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement Lab; The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

March 21, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Roberts Hall, Singleton Room

Combining novel behavioral training with technology for neurological recovery

It is becoming increasingly apparent from animal models and human studies that behavioral improvement in the setting of a neurological condition is a function of the dose, intensity, and type of training. Neurotechnology can be used to design new behavioral training experiences and approaches, and to physiologically augment the responsivity of the CNS to training for either neurorestorative effects or better neuroprosthetic use. These interactions between behavior, training and technology are of great interest for both scientific and clinical reasons.

Previous Speakers


John Krakauer

Combining novel behavioral training with technology for neurological recovery

March 21, 2024 

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Jessica Hammer

Playing with the Mind's Eye

March 16, 2023 


Kafui Dzirasa and Elizabeth Ransey

Editing neural circuits using engineered synaptic bypasses

October 28, 2021 


Erich Jarvis

Professor, Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Rockefeller University

Evolution of brain pathways for vocal learning and speech; a personal journey

October 15, 2020

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Sophie Scott

University College London

The Neuroscience of Laughter

November 8, 2019

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Timothy Lillicrap

Google Deep Mind

Deep Learning and the Brain: Does the Brain Approximate Backpropagation?

April 12, 2018

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Gerald E. Loeb

University of Southern California and CEO, SynTouch, Inc.

Understanding Human Haptics by Building Robotic Systems

March 8, 2017

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Mriganka Sur

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Functional Logic of Cortical Circuits

February 29, 2016

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