Dr Jasper Poort

University position

Lecturer

Dr Jasper Poort is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.

Departments

Department of Psychology

Email

jp816@cam.ac.uk

Home page

http://selectivevisionforaction.blogspot.co.uk/ (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Systems and Computational Neuroscience

Interests

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.

I 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).

Research Focus

Keywords

vision

learning

attention

decision-making

Clinical conditions

Autism

Cognitive impairment

Learning disabilities

Schizophrenia

Equipment

Behavioural analysis

Calcium imaging

Computational modelling

Electrophysiological recording techniques

Field potential recording

Immunohistochemistry

Microscopy

Collaborators

Cambridge

Tim Bussey

Jeff Dalley

Paul Fletcher

Zoe Kourtzi

Ole Paulsen

Trevor Robbins

United Kingdom

Sonja Hofer Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/swc/res...

Adil Khan Web: https://devneuro.org/cdn/gro...

Jennifer Linden Web: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ear/res...

Tom Mrsic-Flogel Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/swc/res...

John O'Keefe Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/swc/res...

Maneesh Sahani Web: http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk/~maneesh/

International

Pieter Roelfsema Web: https://nin.nl/researc...

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