Understanding how brains make perceptual decisions is critical for gaining insight into complex cognition. Decisions reflect a commitment to one out of a number of alternatives and differ from simple sensorimotor reflexes in that they require an animal to integrate multiple sources of information before committing to action. Because these perceptual decisions invite animals to use sensory signals on this flexible timescale, they offer a tractable entry point into more complex cognitive processes defined by flexibility, such as abstract thinking, reasoning and problem solving.
In my laboratory, we investigate the neural circuits underlying decision-making. We use carefully designed paradigms that encourage experimental subjects to deliberate over incoming sensory evidence before making a decision. We develop behavioral paradigms to study decision-making, and measure and manipulate neurons during those decisions. Our long term goal is to understand how the brain can make decisions that integrate inputs from our multiple senses, stored memories and innate impulses.
New lab members! Technicians Angela Licata & Hien Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow Farzaneh Najafi and Graduate Student Lital Chartarifsky.
Anne earns scholar awards from the Pew Charitable Trust and the Klingenstein-Simons Fund.
Hien Nguyen joins our lab as a laboratory technician.
Kachi and Anne’s Preview, “Listening for the Right Sounds,” is published in Neuron.
Research technician Michael Ryan to attend Neuroscience Graduate Program at University of California, San Francisco.
Anne is an invited speaker at the 2014 Cosyne meeting in Salt Lake City.