Michael Jacobs Goard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
ESB, Room #2001
*Cookies and Coffee will be provided*
Optical Interrogation of Neural Circuits
Underlying Cognitive Behaviors in Mice
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.