26 October 2018

Neural circuit mechanisms underlying cognition in rats

Swammerdam lecture

Brodylab, Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton, NJ, USA

Date: October 26, 2018
Time: 16:00 p.m.
Venue: Room C0.110, Science Park 904, Amsterdam
Host: Carien Lansink (

You are most welcome to attend the lecture.


I will describe studies of the neural bases of cognitive processes. Rats and mice are trained to perform behaviors that lend themselves to quantitative modeling that can help identify and assess specific cognitive processes, such as decision-making, short-term memory, planning, and executive control. With these well-quantified behaviors in hand, we then use electrophysiological recordings, optogenetic perturbations, and computational modeling. We aim to understand the neural architecture underlying cognition, across multiple levels, from local neural circuits, to interactions between brain regions, to overall behavior.