Columbia University in the City of New York

Apr 2, 202410:30 am

Columbia Neuroscience Seminar - Lucina Uddin

April 2nd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)

Lucina Uddin, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

University of California Los Angeles


Brain dynamics and flexible behaviors


Executive control processes and flexible behaviors rely on the integrity of, and dynamic interactions between, large-scale functional brain networks. The right insular cortex is a critical component of a salience/midcingulo-insular network that is thought to mediate interactions between brain networks involved in externally oriented (central executive/lateral frontoparietal network) and internally oriented (default mode/medial frontoparietal network) processes. How these brain systems reconfigure with development is a critical question for cognitive neuroscience, with implications for neurodevelopmental pathologies affecting brain connectivity. I will describe studies examining how brain network dynamics support flexible behaviors in typical and atypical development, presenting evidence suggesting a unique role for the dorsal anterior insula from studies of meta-analytic connectivity modeling, dynamic functional connectivity, and structural connectivity. These findings from adults, typically developing children, and children with autism suggest that structural and functional maturation of insular pathways is a critical component of the process by which human brain networks mature to support complex, flexible cognitive processes throughout the lifespan.


Relevant Publications:

Cognitive and behavioural flexibility: neural mechanisms and clinical considerations

Salience processing and insular cortical function and dysfunction

Host(s): Daphna Shohamy (Faculty) and Catherine (Katie) Insel (Postdoctoral Research Scientist).

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


This event will be in-person only and will not offer a Zoom option.
Open only to Columbia University and Columbia University Affiliates.
Speaker Location: CUIMC, Neurological Institute First Floor Auditorium   
Live-stream Location: Jerome L. Greene Science Center, 9th Floor Lecture Hall


Tuesdays@10 is a signature Zuckerman Institute initiative that aims to expose researchers at all levels to high-quality science and stimulate scientific discourse. The speakers featured in this series represent various fields and techniques in neuroscience, and are either external to Columbia (Columbia Neuroscience Seminars and Special Seminars) or are Columbia faculty members (Local Circuits) invited through a combined, collaborative effort of one or more of the following: Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, the Department of Neuroscience, the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior and the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative, and with support from the Kavli Institute for Brain Science


More information and a full schedule can be found here.

Venue: Neurological Institute Alumni Auditoriumthe Jerome L. Greene Science Center (9th floor lecture hall)
3227 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027

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