Brain and Behavior

Cognitive neuroscience is the study of groups of neurons working in concert to encode higher order information or to control behavior. The cognitive issues being addressed at Utah include the nature of attention, object recognition, learning and memory. For example, researchers are studying the tuning of cells in vision and hearing; others are studying how the brain takes visual information and determines the spatial location of the animal in a complex environment; and finally, others are studying how neurotransmitters and potent neuroactive drugs alter the mental state of an individual. Work of this type is also leading to the development of somatosensory, visual and auditory prostheses.

Faculty doing cognitive neuroscience research and their departmental affiliation are:

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Research Interest

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Alessandra Angelucci Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Structure and function of the visual cerebral cortex
Paul Bressloff Mathematics Theoretical neuroscience
Sophie Caron Biology Sensory representations in the Drosophila brain
Gregory A. Clark Bioengineering Electrophysiological, cellular, and computational analyses of neuronal plasticity in simple systems (Aplysia and Hermissenda); neural information processing; bio-based neuroprostheses  
Hilary Coon Psychiatry Genetics of autism, suicide risk, nicotine dependence, and obesity; application of statistical methods to genetic data
Sarah Creem-Regehr Psychology Cognitive neuroscience; visual perception; visual-motor control; spatial cognition

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Anna Docherty Psychiatry Psychiatric genetics
"Chuck" Alan Dorval Bioengineering Neuropathophysioloy, Translational Neuroscience, Neuromodulation, Neuronal Semiotic
Trafton Drew Psychology Attention, working memory, medical image perception, EEG, ERPs, Eye-tracking
Ed Dudek Neurosurgery Mechanisms of neuronal communication under normal developmental conditions and in models of epilepsy using electrophysiological techniques in brain slices as well as in behaving animals
Matthew Euler Psychology Cognitive electrophysiology, fluid intelligence and cognitive differences, spontaneous and task-related neural dynamics, clinical neuropsychology
Annette E. Fleckenstein School of Dentistry Neuropharmacology, neurochemistry and aminergic transporters
Robert S. Fujinami Pathology Neuroimmunology/Neurovirology - Understanding immune and viral contributions to the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis and epilepsy

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Franz Goller Biology Behavioral physiology of sound production and song learning in songbirds
Christopher Gregg Neurobiology & Anatomy Early life programming of molecular pathways and neural circuits related to feeding and foraging behaviors
Glen R. Hanson Pharmacology & Toxicology Interaction between neuropeptide and biogenic amine transmitter systems in the central nervous system
John M. Hoffman Radiology and Neurology Modern imaging techniques including positron emission tomography (PET), MRI, and autoradiography to understand clinically relevant brain related problems and biologic processes
Skyler Jennings Communication Sciences and Disorders Understanding how the auditory system adapts to a changing acoustic environment in order to facilitate speech understanding in a noisy background.

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Kristen A. Keefe Pharmacology & Toxicology Pharmacology of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, including drug abuse and addiction. Normal and pathological functions of the basal ganglia
Raymond P. Kesner Psychology Neurobiological basis of learning and memory
Richard D. King Neurology Using advanced neuroimaging analysis tools to study morphometric changes in the brain associated with neurodegenerative diseases
Julie R. Korenberg Pediatrics Genetics, neurobiology and multiscale imaging of neural circuitry for disorders of social behavior, animal and human models

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Alan R. Light Anesthesiology Neurobiology of pain and fatigue enhancement caused by injury and in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia syndromes
J. Michael McIntosh Psychiatry and Biology Molecular Pharmacology of CNS receptors and ion channels
Brian J. Mickey Psychiatry Neuroscience of mood disorders
Richard A. Normann Bioengineering Information processing in the vertebrate retina; phototransduction

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Richard D. Rabbitt Bioengineering Micro-electric impedance spectroscopy of auditory and vestibular hair cells
Perry F. Renshaw Psychiatry In vivo neurochemical changes associated with mood and drug abuse disorders; natural products as novel treatments
Gary Rose Biology Information processing in the auditory and electrosensory systems
Neil Vickers Biology Neuroethology of olfaction
Matt Wachowiak Physiology Understanding the basic principles of olfactory function
John A. White Bioengineering Hippocampal neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, real-time instrumentation  
Ayako Yamaguchi Biology Neural Mechanisms Underlying Sexually Distinct Behavior
Deborah Yurgelun-Todd Psychiatry Application of MR imaging methods to understand emotional processing and cognitive changes associated with behavioral disorders
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