Neural Circuits & Computations for
Animals are capable of
complex behaviors and cognitive functions. What fundamental neural
computations underlie them, and how are these computations implemented
by circuits in the brain? Our research attempts to answer these
Currently, a central
focus of our work is to understand how the brain implements the
selection of one alternative among many, to allow animals to pay
attention to the most important information at any instant. This
ability to attend 'appropriately' is critical for adaptive behavior,
and abnormalilites in this ability are a prominent symptom of several
psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, autism and schizophrenia. By
identifying the principles of circuit organization and function that
underlie selection for attention, we wish to discover new, specific
treatment targets to combat attentional dysfunction. We expect that
we identify will shed light also on how the brain implements selection
in a range of other complex cognitive behaviors such as
decision-making and perceptual discrimination.
In parallel, we also wish to uncover how different species neurally
solve the problem of selection: do they do it in the same way or do
their brain circuits implement selection differently?
Finally, we are interested in using insights from neurobiology to
design efficient, artificial intelligent systems.
JOB OPENING for Research
Mar 20-23, 2016.
SPM speaks at Janelia in the Central
Mar 10, 2014.
Nagaraj is selected to attend this year's
Systems & Behavior course at the MBL (with full
scholarship). Congrats, Nagaraj!
Oct 17-21, 2015 The lab
goes to Chicago (SfN
2015). Wen-Kai, Nagaraj and Margo present posters.