Dr Pouya Baniasadi
My general research interest is reverse engineering biological cognition; To understand the general principles and to create mathematical models that reproducing these strategies. Accordingly, I am interested in four major themes:
Threat Detection: Given the complexity, variation, and the poverty of stimulus in many possible threats, are there general principles that the brain uses to analyze this complex data quickly?
Novelty: When the predictions of the nervous system are wrong, and the conceptual frameworks encounter errors, how does the brain update the existing knowledge?
Memory and learning: The acquisition of new memories is dynamically dependents on existing knowledge and must be applicable to a wide variety of situations. What are the general principles for such a dynamic system?
Hand movement: Human hands are general-purpose and use a disproportionately large area of the brain in the motor cortex. Are there general cognitive principles for complex hand movements?
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