NeuroLecture series: Dr. Cristopher Niell, Ph.D.
Neural circuits for vision in action
Natural visual processing entails a complex interplay between sensory input, behavioral context, and on-going brain dynamics. Our lab seeks to understand how these processes give rise to goal-directed visual behaviors, using the mouse as a model system. I will describe results using large-scale imaging methods to determine how global brain dynamics, visual coding, and state-dependent representations change during task engagement and learning of a visual discrimination. As a complement to studying visual processing in trained tasks, we are also exploring the neural circuits underlying ethologically relevant behaviors that laboratory mice perform. Finally I will present our ongoing studies of a completely different and largely unexplored visual system, the octopus.
Wednesday, December 4 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm