Feindel Brain and Mind Seminar Series: Multi-Modal Perception of Social Interactions

Monday, May 27, 2024 13:00to14:00
Montreal Neurological Institute Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

The Feindel Brain and Mind Seminar Series will advance the vision of Dr. William Feindel (1918–2014), Former Director of the Neuro (1972–1984), to constantly bridge the clinical and research realms. The talks will highlight the latest advances and discoveries in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging.

Speakers will include scientists from across The Neuro, as well as colleagues and collaborators locally and from around the world. The series is intended to provide a virtual forum for scientists and trainees to continue to foster interdisciplinary exchanges on the mechanisms, diagnosis and treatment of brain and cognitive disorders.

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Etienne Abassi, PhD

Postdoc, Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, The Neuro, McGill University

Host: justine.clery [at] mcgill.ca (Justine Clery)

Abstract: During our lifetime, we humans, have to manifest complex abilities for navigating our social world, and social interactions with our conspecifics occupy a substantial part of our time. Not only interacting in first person, but also watching or listening to others’ interactions serves critical functions in understanding this social world. Indeed, information about this world comes first through our senses, and humans rely heavily on vision and audition to communicate with their conspecifics. In this lecture, I will present a set of behavioral and fMRI studies on healthy humans, addressing the hypothesis that, given the importance of detecting and recognizing ongoing social interaction in the environment, the human brain has developed specialized mechanisms to process visual and auditory scenes that encompass multiple persons interacting, analogous to those developed for processing individual persons.

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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