Dr Jasper Poort
Dr Jasper Poort is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience and Department of Psychology
Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience
I want to understand how we selectively process behaviourally relevant visual input. How does the brain turn a constant overflow of sensory information into selective representations of our environment that can optimally guide our actions? Studying this helps to understand how we successfully make visually-guided decisions and navigate complex visual environments. It also gives insights into neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism, which are associated with deficits in filtering sensory information.
We use electrophysiology and 2-photon calcium imaging to track responses of populations of neurons, to study how perceptual organization, learning and attention alter the way in which visual stimuli are processed in different brain areas, including primary visual cortex (providing detailed representations of visual features) and higher-level frontal and parietal brain areas (with less detailed but more flexible task-dependent representations).
Electrophysiological recording techniques
Field potential recording
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