Neural Mechanisms Underlying Working Memory for Visual Motion
The ability to briefly store visual information is fundamental to successful execution of visually guided behaviors. Research in my lab is aimed at the study of the circuitry underlying the active maintenance of the representation of sensory information, i.e. sensory working memory. The overriding goal is to provide a link between cortical areas traditionally associated with processing of visual motion (area MT) and the region identified with cognitive control of visually guided behaviors, prefrontal cortex and relate neural activity recorded in these two regions to perceptual decisions. Students rotating in the lab will have an opportunity to become familiar with procedures involved in neurophysiological recordings from behaving monkeys, including behavioral training techniques, single-cell recordings, analysis of neuronal activity, approaches to the study of behavioral effects of microstimulation and inactivation of identified cortical regions. They will work closely with other lab members and participate in the lab's weekly Journal Club.
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