CHBH Seminar Series: Dr Biyu J. He

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Friday 15th November 2019 (13:00-14:00)
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Dr Ali Mazaheri:
Mr Chris Anderson:
Dr Emily Loftus:

We pleased to announce that Dr Biyu J. He, Assistant Professor at the Neuroscience Institue in NYU Langone Health, will be giving a CHBH Seminar on Friday 15th November.

The role of priors in conscious visual perception

Biyu Jade He, PhD., New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA

Preexisting brain states have enormous influences on conscious perception. Depending on the preexisting brain state at the time of stimulus arrival, a physically identical stimulus may be consciously perceived or not, a visual object may be consciously recognized or not, and we may perceive something that is not out there. Preexisting brain states include both anatomical connections shaped by past experiences and the moment-to-moment fluctuations in spontaneous brain activity that may reflect cognitive or non-cognitive processes. In this talk, I will discuss our recent work that combines magnetoencephalography (MEG) and 7 Tesla fMRI to investigate the role of past experiences (González-García et al., eLife 2018; Flounders et al., eLife 2019) and spontaneous activity (Baria et al., PLoS Comput Biol. 2017; Podvalny et al. Nat Commun 2019) in shaping conscious visual perception. 

Dr. He is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience and Physiology, and Radiology, and an Investigator in the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health. She obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining NYU Langone, she led her own independent research group in the intramural research program of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, with an intramural equivalent of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. Her research uses a combination of invasive and non-invasive multimodal human brain imaging, brain stimulation, and computational and theoretical approaches to investigate the neural bases of conscious perception in the human brain. She has delivered keynote lectures at multiple international conferences and received prestigious awards such as the Trubatch Career Development Award from Society for Neuroscience, the CAREER Award from National Science Foundation, and the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in the Neurosciences. 


CHBH Seminars are free to attend and are open to all, both within and outside the University. Booking is not required.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Ali Mazaheri (, Mr Chris Anderson ( or Dr Emily Loftus (