Analyses of decision-making and computational network simulations

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Molecular and Integrative Physiology Lab
RESEARCH TOPICS
Computational Biology, Ion Channels, Learning and Memory, Neurobiology, Pattern
Formation, Sensory Processing
NEURAL BASIS OF DECISION
Our research activities are aimed at how animals organize their behavior by integrating
motivation, experience and sensation. Our laboratory analyzes decision-making in
behavioral expression and the underlying neural network circuitry. We analyze interactions
of neural networks and the regulation of network activity by cell signalling pathways
involving neuromodulatory messengers and second messenger pathways. We use the
carnivorous marine snail Pleurobranchaea californica as a model system, taking advantage
of the simple behavior and brain that underlie its success as a generalized predator. A
corollary activity newly emerging as a result of the behavioral and physiological work is the
development of software and hardware platforms for autonomous cost-benefit analysis of
alternative behaviors for computational decision-making and robotics.
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