Local circuits and long-range neuronal interactions that mediate cognitive functions

Location(s): Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, Computational Neuroscience Group
Foundation for Research and Technology (FO.R.T.H.) Heraklion, Greece

Supervisors: Prof G.G. Gregoriou, Prof V. Raos 

Cognitive functions such as visual attention and working memory that require dynamic routing of information and flexible allocation of resources are believed to be controlled by higher order areas in the prefrontal and parietal cortices. However, little is known about the mechanisms that implement such selective routing of information and the contribution of distinct anatomical entities and neuronal populations in these cognitive processes. To address this issue, we will examine how cortico-cortical neuronal interactions across higher order areas and visual areas are modulated by anatomy and task demands, in monkeys performing visual attention and working memory tasks. 

Behavioural paradigm: visual attention and memory tasks. 

Recording and stimulation techniques: Multi-electrode recordings of spike and LFPs and electrical microstimulation.

Planned secondment(s):

  • Aix-Marseille University 
  • University of Fribourg 

Contact: email Prof Gregoriou

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