USC-Chen Institute Frontier Forum on “Sensation and Motivation”

Date(s) - March 29, 2023 - March 30, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

March 29, 30, 2023
(29th: 8am-5pm, 30th: 8-11:30am)

Conference Room, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute Building, 1501 San Pablo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

Summary: How external and internal sensory information is processed to produce proper behavioral responses has recently been actively explored. By bringing together outstanding researchers working on different sensory modalities (including visual, auditory, somatosensory, olfactory and gustatory), the forum will be focused on two general questions about sensory information processing in the brain: first, the neural circuitry mechanisms underlying the processing of behaviorally important sensory information; and second, how valence of sensory signals is assigned, encoded and transformed to produce different emotional motivations including reward seeking and avoidance.  The forum will serve as a platform for exchanging the latest research progress and ideas, and aims at stimulating substantial discussions between researchers working on different sensory modalities to identify key general questions and principles as well as to foster future collaborations. The forum is sponsored by the Chen Institute and held by the Center for Neural Circuits and Sensory Processing Disorders at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute of USC.

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