Neurophysiology and behavioral neuroscience

The brain contains billions of interconnected neurons that form functional networks. These neuronal networks control our behavior. Learning and behavior change result from changes within these networks.

Our laboratory facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art tools for recording and manipulating neuronal activity as well as behavior. We specialize in chronic experiments conducted on freely behaving healthy adult rodents. For example, in mice we can monitor the activity of hundreds of neurons at once using calcium imaging or record the action potentials of tens of neurons at once using traditional electrophysiology methods. The imaging and electrophysiology recording can be done while the mouse is, for example, performing a learning task or while it is sleeping. This allows the study of the neural basis of learning in terms of both encoding and memory consolidation.

Methods used in Neurophysiology, brain imaging and behavior study in rodents