The cerebral neocortex underlies human's unique cognitive abilities. Understanding how the neuronal circuits of the neocortex allow so many complex behaviors is one of the central challenges of neuroscience. Functionally specialized cortical areas communicate with each others through an extensive network of long-range connections. We developed novel optical-methods that allow studying the connectivity and function of long-range cortical connections with unprecedented detail. Using these cutting-edge techniques we found rules organizing the connectivity of long-range projections linking distant cortical areas and we recorded the signals relayed by these projections in behaving mice.
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Date & time: 18/12/2014 at 10:30.
Location: Seminar Room (2.8.3), Physics Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon.