Microcircuits for attention.
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Researchers who study the neuronal basis of cognition face a paradox. If they extract the brain, its cognitive functions cannot be assessed. On the other hand, the brain's microcircuits are difficult to study in the intact animal. In this issue of Neuron, Mitchell et al. make use of a promising approach based on waveform analysis to reveal new details about neuronal interactions during visual attention.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/j.neuron.2007.06.022
Publication InfoSommer, Marc A (2007). Microcircuits for attention. Neuron, 55(1). pp. 6-8. 10.1016/j.neuron.2007.06.022. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/11740.
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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).