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The annual Autumn School in Cognitive Neuroscience was held on 24th and 25th September at the University Department of Experimental Psychology. The event showcased research from the McDonnell Network for Cognitive Neuroscience, both at the University of Oxford and elsewhere, with a series of lectures. The Autumn School is supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation and Guarantors of Brain and was organised by Prof Andrew Parker.

Autumn school in cognitive neuroscience
Prof Masud Husain addresses the Autumn School during his talk ‘Understanding the Inattentive and Impulsive Brain.’

The first day, chaired by Prof Parker, was themed ‘Vision: function, dysfunction and restoration.’ The day included talks on gene therapy in retinal disease, the use of retinal implants, the effects of bilateral damage to the visual system and decision-related modulation of signal in visual cortical areas.

The second day, ‘Neuropsychological dissections of cognitive functions,’ was chaired by Prof Masud Husain, who has recently joined the University in a joint appointment between NDCN and Experimental Psychology. Talks covered topics including language recovery after stroke, functional plasticity in attentional networks and the fractionation of attention.

Both days were well attended with many external visitors as well as Oxford Researchers.