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Get ready for a new season of #CNStalk #CNSdebate #CNScomms & #CNSmovie!

LunaProduction Diamond Documentary
The 5th Dementia Documentary

Upcoming sessions


#Neuroccino starting October 5th 2020. Every Monday 10 am Paris time.


#CNSdebates, #CNSmovies, #CNStalks always at 4 pm Paris time:

Join us live on Zoom: Meeting ID: 895 8114 6322, Passcode: CNS

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1st October #CNStalk
Parashkev Nachev, University College London 

The use and misuse of in silico lesion-deficit mapping





Once thought to require nothing more sophisticated than mass-univariate statistics, lesion-deficit mapping is increasingly recognized to be amongst the most complex problems in neuroscience. Its distinctive strength--inference to neural necessity--is paradoxically the source of its greatest vulnerability: dependence on parameterisation of the lesioned brain as a whole, at least where--as nearly everywhere--the lesions are large in proportion to the mapped substrate. Such dependence violates the foundational assumptions of mass-univariate analysis, voiding its conclusions of all force. First demonstrated by combining simulated functional ground truths with real lesion data, it is a vulnerability some have tried to rectify through the same in silico approach, retaining the mass-univariate framework it has revealed to be critically deficient. I discuss what simulations can and cannot licitly do here, and sketch out a path to evaluating the high-dimensional multivariate models lesion-deficit mapping will always require, whether we like it or not. 

TBC 22nd October #CNSmovie
The 5th Dementia - a documentary,  followed by a Q&A with Serene Meshel-Dillman

The 5th Dementia is a diverse band featuring former professionals from a range of socioeconomic and educational backgrounds who now struggle to remember anything at all due to their illnesses. 

Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's.

They come together to play and sing a list of songs compiled by their bandleader.  When the music starts, they are transformed. The rhythms and melodies stir something deep within them.  These men and women, leading lives with almost no social interaction who show very little emotion outside the rehearsal space, dive right into songs from their generation without a single page of sheet music.  Memories otherwise entirely unreachable are unlocked.  The music has a euphoric and quality of life-changing impact.

Through uniquely personal stories, from inspiring daily triumphs to the sobering toll of slow mental decline, viewers of The 5th Dementia Documentary will see an emotional, revealing look at this inexplicable phenomena. 

More info here: or on twitter


11-13 November BSAF Special Issue symposium with #CNScomms

BSAF 'Structural Connectivity of the Cerebral Cortex' Special Issue symposium

Brain Structure and Function (@BrainStrucFunc) and Springer Neuroscience Network (@TheNeuroNetwork) are joining forces with the @CNSeminars to host the first BSAF 'Structural Connectivity of the Cerebral Cortex' Special Issue symposium.

Past events

27th August #CNSmovie 

My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr Marian Diamond, followed by a Q&A with the producer directors Gary Weimberg & Catherine Ryan

How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr Marian Diamond, a renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten.

Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.”

More info here:

My Love Affair with the Brain - trailer and info about the film:   

Purchase (including info on the pandemic special – free or pay what you choose)

Study guides -  From 5th grade to Nobel prize winner:

SciAm on this film, and the role of biography in the narrative of science

YoutTube channel: 


24th July #CNSdebate

This House believes that Russia has contributed the most to Aphasiology. 

For the motion: Olga Dragoy, Moscow

Against the motion: Leo Bonilha, South Carolina

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