Attentive processing of dynamic visual information (PhD)

Memory is the process that enables sensory experience to have a lasting modulatory effect on our interaction with the outside world. It is a crucial basis for adaptive behaviour in a wide variety of animals, although it is best understood – or perhaps most elaborately misunderstood – in humans. Episodic memory underlies our ability to recall the details of specific events: it is a phenomenon that is trivial for humans to demonstrate using language, but one that is extremely difficult to observe in the behaviour of animals. So far the only convincing demonstration of this type of memory has been in birds; the aim here is to explore the possibility of demonstrating this type of memory in rats. Establishing a rodent model of episodic memory would afford us greater possibilities our exploration of the neural systems that underlie memory, and would also have considerable use in the investigation of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Related Publications and Presentations

  • Rowland R Sillito, and Bob Fisher, “Semi-supervised Learning for Anomalous Trajectory Detection”, Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), 2008, 1035-1044.
  • Rowland R Sillito, and Bob Fisher, “Parametric Trajectory Representations for Behaviour Classification”, Proceedings of the British Machine Vision Conference (BMVC), 2009.
  • Rowland R Sillito, and Bob Fisher, “Incremental One-Class Learning with Bounded Computational Complexity”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN), 2007, LNCS 4668(Part I), 58-67.

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