UNDERSTANDING THE NEURO-MATHS CONNECT

~ Prof. V. S. Ramachandran shares interesting perspectives ~

Chennai, December 19, 2019: Loyola College’s PG & Research Department of Mathematics today hosted the 9th R. P. Ranga Endowment lecture in honor of Mr. R. P. Ranga, an eminent alumnus of Department of Mathematics, who completed his Mathematics Honours degree from Loyola College between 1934 and 1939. The lecture on ‘Neuroscience – Mathematics connect’ was delivered by Prof. V. S. Ramachandran.

Prof. Vilayanur S. Ramachandran is an alumnus of Loyola College Chennai; Stanley Medical College Chennai and Trinity College, Cambridge, UK. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego in the Psychology Department and the Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition. Professor Ramachandran has authored popular books like Phantoms in the Brain (1998), The Tell-Tale Brain (2010), he has also given the BBC’s Reith Memorial lectures and TED Talks on developments in Neuroscience to a variety of fields.

In his talk, Prof. Ramachandran stressed on the need for the emergence of Mathematical Neuroscience, which is beyond just computation and simulation.

He went on to elaborate about Mathematical Neuroscience (also known as theoretical neuroscience or computational neuroscience) being a branch of neuroscience which employs mathematical models, theoretical analysis and abstractions of the brain to understand the principles that govern the development, structure, physiology and cognitive abilities of the nervous system.

He also spoke about three kinds of applications of neuroscience to mathematics education…

Neurounderstanding being the thought that neuroscience is creating knowledge on how people obtain mathematical skills and how this learning is reflected at the biological level

Neuroprediction dealing with the potential of neuroimaging data to predict future mathematical skill attainment and response to educational interventions

Neurointervention being about how brain imaging data has been used to ground interventions targeted at mathematics learning and how education shapes the neural circuitry that underlies school-taught mathematics

Research Scholars, PG students and Professors in Mathematics from Loyola College and other city colleges were present for the lecture.

About Loyola College – PG & Research Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics was established in 1925 with B.A. degree in Mathematics. The Honours course was integrated in 1927 and the first batch of students appeared for a B.A. Honours degree in 1930. The Department was recognised as PG Department in 1941 and as a Research Department in 1984. The Department aims to set goals to lead students a balanced successful life through health, relationships, and mental peace all in good order.

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