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Julie Fiez, PhD January 20, 2012, 12:00 pm WPIC Auditorium


Special Guest Lecture

Learning Through Feedback:  A Multiple Memory Systems Perspective

Julie Fiez, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Communication
  Sciences and Disorders
University of Pittsburgh              


Dr. Fiez received her B.S. in Biology from Emory University in 1987, and earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington University in 1992.  She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa.  She is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in functional neuroimaging research and neuropsychological studies of acquired brain damage.  Her research is characterized by a strong commitment to identifying the neural mechanisms that underlie human behavior, through the use of convergent behavioral, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological approaches and through continued contact with the non-human neuroscience literature. For the past 10 years, one of her lines of research has focused on reward processing and feedback-based learning.  This has included basic work examining neural responses to anticipated and delivered positive and negative outcomes, and two lines of related translational work:  one that has investigated smoking cue reactivity and factors that influence successful smoking cessation, and another that has explored the role of the basal ganglia in the acquisition of arithmetical fluency. In her talk, she will discuss the neural mechanisms of feedback-based learning, with a particular focus on the interactions between procedural and declarative memory mechanisms. 

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