NAB seminar: Optical interrogation of neural circuits underlying cognitive behaviors in mice

Speaker

Michael Goard, Ph.D
Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB

Date and Location

September 30, 2016 11:15am
Psych East, Room 3834

Description

Recent developments in mouse physiology and optogenetics have enabled the study of cortical microcircuits underlying simple neural computations. Combining these approaches with behavioral paradigms originally developed for primates promises to enable circuit-level investigation of cognitive processes in mice. In this talk, I will describe ongoing efforts to use 2-photon calcium imaging and optogenetic perturbation during performance of a memory-guided visual discrimination task to better understand the cortical basis of information processing and storage in distributed neocortical regions.

Host

Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB