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

Sep 30, 2016


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


Psych East, Room 3834


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.


Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB