Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Brain & Behavior
M.D. 2002, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran; Ph.D. 2006, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Neuronal basis and neuromodulatory pathways of visual attention
Selective attention and working memory play a profound role in many of the tasks of everyday life; from driving a car, to reading, to holding a conversation in a crowded room, these cognitive abilities are an integral part of all our goal-oriented interactions with the world around us. The ultimate goal of our research is an understanding of the neural basis of selective attention and working memory. In particular, we will study the role of prefrontal control of visual cortical signals in these cognitive processes. This work involves electrophysiological recording, electrical stimulation, and pharmacological manipulation of neural activity in awake, behaving animals trained to perform tasks involving covert attention, spatial and object working memory.