Mr Nick Donnelly

Nick Donnelly

University position

PhD student
Supervised by Dr. Jeff Dalley

Departments

Department of Psychology

Institutes

Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute

Email

nad34@cam.ac.uk

Research Themes

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

I am interested in understanding how different brain regions, containing different types of neurons, and with different architectures, are able to work together to process information and produce adaptive behaviour.

Currently I am investigating the relationship between local field potentials, the activity in individual neurons and decision making behaviour, with a particular focus on the generation of impulsive behaviours. Given the role of impulsivity in drug addiction, and the prevalence of impaired decision making in a range of other neuro-psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, this research could contribute to the development of new treatments for these disorders.

I carry out these investigations using wireless, multisite- electrophysiological recording in awake animals performing behavioural tasks.

Research Focus

Keywords

Impulsivity

Nucleus Accumbens

Networks

Electrophysiology

Clinical conditions

Addiction

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Schizophrenia

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Field potential recording

Collaborators

Cambridge

Jeff Dalley

Tahl Holtzman

Gert van Dyke

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