Studying metacognitive processes at the single neuron level
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© 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. All rights reserved.Over the past few decades, strides have been made toward understanding how higher level cognitive processes are mediated by neuronal spiking activity. Neuronal correlates of functions such as attention, executive control, working memory, decision-making, and reward processing have all been elucidated, to an impressive level of detail, at the single cell and circuit levels.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1007/978-3-642-45190-4_10
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W. H. Gardner, Jr. Associate Professor
We study circuits for cognition. Using a combination of neurophysiology and biomedical engineering, we focus on the interaction between brain areas during visual perception, decision-making, and motor planning. Specific projects include the role of frontal cortex in metacognition, the role of cerebellar-frontal circuits in action timing, the neural basis of "good enough" decision-making (satisficing), and the neural mechanisms of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).