Date: November 06, 2017. 16:00
Location: CCU Seminar Room
Title: Neural circuits for vision in action.
Affiliation: University of Oregon, USA.
Natural visual processing entails a complex interplay between sensory input, behavioral context, and on-going brain dynamics. In order to determine how this is achieved, we have developed methods in the mouse to perform mesoscopic imaging across cortical areas, and cellular-resolution imaging of large populations within cortical areas, during both passive viewing and active performance of different operant visual tasks. I will describe results using this data to determine how classical visual coding, such as orientation selectivity, is combined with coding of behavioral state variables such as alertness and task engagement. As a complement to studying visual processing in trained operant tasks, we are exploring ethologically relevant tasks that laboratory mice perform, using a natural prey capture behavior.