Neural and behavioural mechanisms underlying associative learning and perception.
One major current interest concerns the computational processes underlying Pavlovian conditioning. Other work addresses the nature of neural coding in sensory systems.
Learning about relations among events is crucial for the survival of any complex organism, allowing it to use the past to predict the future and adjust its behaviour accordingly. Pavlovian conditioning is an attempt to bring such relations into the laboratory in order to isolate those that produce learning, describe its contents, and specify its influences on behaviour. I am interested in understanding the content of such simple learning - how the events are represented and what is learned about the relationships between those events. I also use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate perceptual processes in the visual and somatosensory systems.
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