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José Ramón Donoso

As in many fields within Neuroscience, memory research is populated with concepts that constrain our perspective within the limits of a representationist framework. For instance, in my research field the questions are aimed to elucidate how the rodent hippocampus implements a “map of the environment”, how the animal “decodes” and makes use of this “information” in order to generate appropriate behavior, etc. The main motivation for me to attend this Summer School is to bring together and conceptualize my somewhat sparse knowledge about the enactive approach in order to re-interpret experimental results and to develop some ideas. I would also like to get acquainted with the argumental lines that would allow some of this framework to percolate in my research work I'm particularly interested in reinterpreting the idea of “recall” as a process mediated by motor activity. It could be argued that at least part of a rat's “memory” of how to get to a place is stored in the environment. The part of the “memory” stored within the rat would correspond to particular responses to specific cues that the rat will find along the way (e.g. some of these responses could be aimed to find the next cue). The rest of the information is stored in the rat's environment waiting to be accessed as it's necessary. It could be argued that it is this coupling between the internal dynamics of the rat and the environment that gives rise to the behavior during an hypothetical recalling task.

Discussion Topic: How different bodily structures impose different co-relations between the neural activity of sensory and motor areas? What role could this may have played during brain evolution?

Occupation: PhD Student
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