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Nicholas Steinmetz

Dr Nicholas Steinmetz

Research Fellow

Organisation

University College London

Research summary

Our perceptions, decisions, and actions are produced by patterns of neural activity within the neocortex of the brain. In the lab of Professors Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris, I am studying the way in which activity patterns across multiple parts of the neocortex coordinate to produce behavior. In our lab we use a combination of techniques to record the electrical activity of neurons and to disrupt the activity in order to infer the relationship between the activity patterns and the subject's behavior. We perform these experiments in mice trained to perform simple visually-guided behaviors, since many aspects of the neocortex are highly conserved across all mammals. We hope this research will lead to a greater understanding of the function of this key brain region, and possibly help guide efforts to cure disorders of the neocortex such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's.

Grants awarded

Influence of two different feedback inputs on visual cortical activity and on perception

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Jan 2015 - Jan 2015

Value: £99,000