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Understanding how the brain makes 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.

Lab News

August 2015

Postdoctoral fellow Simon Musall joins the lab

July 2015

Watson School student Sashank Pisupati joins the lab

June 2015

Graduate student David Raposo accepts a job at Google DeepMind

March, 2015

Our numerosity paper is published in the Journal of Neurophysiology

March, 2015

Matt Kaufman is awarded a travel fellowship to attend the McKnight conference

February, 2015

Matt Kaufman is awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain

February, 2015

Kachi Odeomene is awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the National Eye Institute

December, 2014

Our decision-making paper is published in Nature Neuroscience

July, 2014

New lab members! Technicians Angela Licata & Hien Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow Farzaneh Najafi and Graduate Student Lital Chartarifsky.

June, 2014

Anne earns scholar awards from the Pew Charitable Trust and the Klingenstein-Simons Fund.

June, 2014

Hien Nguyen joins our lab as a laboratory technician.

June, 2014

Kachi and Anne’s Preview, “Listening for the Right Sounds,” is published in Neuron.

May, 2014

Research technician Michael Ryan to attend Neuroscience Graduate Program at University of California, San Francisco.

March, 2014

Anne is an invited speaker at the 2014 Cosyne meeting in Salt Lake City.