GVU Center Brown Bag: Gregory Berns "Eight Years and One-hundred MRI-Dogs"

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Thursday September 19, 2019
      11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Technology Square Research Building, 1st Floor Ballroom, Atlanta, Ga
  • Phone:
  • URL: http://www.tsrb.gatech.edu/
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  • Fee(s):
    N/A
  • Extras:
    Free food
Contact

gvu@cc.gatech.edu

Summaries

Summary Sentence: This seminar will discuss how the domestic dog’s accessibility provides an opportunity for study and will show how dogs can participate in fMRI studies.

Full Summary: This seminar will discuss how the domestic dog’s accessibility provides an opportunity for study that cannot be done with any other species and will show how dogs can participate in fMRI studies. And because dogs live with humans, they offer a unique opportunity to study the neurobiology of inter-species social cognition.

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Abstract:

Dr. Berns will discuss how the domestic dog’s accessibility, social intelligence, and co-evolutionary history with humans provides a unique opportunity to study homologous brain function in a naturalistic way that cannot be done with any other species. Dr. Berns will show how dogs can be trained to cooperatively participate in fMRI studies – without restraint or anesthesia – and how this has opened up a wealth of new data about canine brain function. These results have identified the circuitry of potentially homologous functions ranging from reward and face processing to rudiments of language perception. And because dogs live with humans, they offer a unique opportunity to study the neurobiology of inter-species social cognition. Machine-learning approaches can be used to “decode” the dog brain. Finally, because the dogs participate in repeated scan sessions over their lifetimes, the project has created a unique longitudinal cohort, which, in some cases has allowed the detection of CNS tumors before symptoms appear and the monitoring of tumor regression following radiation treatment.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Berns is the Distinguished Professor of Neuroeconomics and Psychology at Emory University, where he directs the Facility for Education & Research in Neuroscience. Trained as a biomedical engineer, he was also a practicing psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University and was one of the founding members of the field of neuroeconomics, using fMRI to study mechanisms of decision-making in humans. In 2011, he launched an effort to train dogs to cooperatively participate in fMRI studies, resulting in the first demonstration of its feasibility. Since then, he has trained and scanned 100 dogs on a wide variety of cognitive paradigms.

Schedule of Brown Bag Speakers Fall 2019

Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
Yes
Groups

College of Computing, GVU Center, IPaT, School of Interactive Computing

Invited Audience
Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
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Status
  • Created By: Dorie Taylor
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Sep 11, 2019 - 1:24pm
  • Last Updated: Sep 16, 2019 - 11:41am