Higher cognitive functions such as perception, memory and complex motor acts require the integration and coordination of large populations of neurons in the brain. What is the nature of this integration? How is the electrical activity of millions of neurons coordinated in the cerebral cortex to generate these behaviors?
In our laboratory we focus in three lines of research:
1) We study the electrical activity of the human brain with EEG techniques and characterize visual behavior with oculographic recordings. We also perform neuronal recordings with micro electrodes, in order to study neuronal electrical activity in the cerebral cortex. With these data we seek to understand how the electrical activity of neuronal networks accounts for active sensing, where precise timing of sensory and motor events are instrumental to achieve perception.
2) We characterize eye movement patterns and body temperature that may reflect underlying physiological processes and mental states. These behaviors can be characterized and used to predict behavioral performance. These can be employed in the industry to measure fatigue and prevent accidents, or to improve web page navigation.
3) We search for biological measures or markers that would improve classification of psychiatric and neurological illnesses and increase our understanding of pathogenesis. This approach will enable for earlier disease detection and may assist in more efficient therapies.
Research in this laboratory is made possible by funding from:
- FONDECYT #1090101.
- CONICYT, Ph.D. Fellowships.
- CONICYT, Postdoctoral Fellowships.
- ACT 66, Anillos de Investigación en Ciencia y Tecnología (CONICYT).
- ICM P09-015-F, Iniciativa Científica Milenio. Instituto de Neurociencia Biomédica BNI.
- ICM P10-001-F, Iniciativa Científica Milenio. Centro para la Neurociencia de la Memoria CENEM.
- Fundación Guillermo Puelma.
- FONDEF IDeA. Akori.