Research Focus

The nervous system continuously monitors the environment and produces overt or covert orienting behavior in response to relevant sensory stimulation. Research in the lab investigates neural mechanisms involved in the multiple facets of sensory-to-motor transformations, including cognitive processes. Some specific topics explored in the lab include:

  • Premotor theory of attention
  • Dynamics of population activity
  • Interception of moving stimulus
  • Cortical control of eye and head movements

These themes are addressed using both experimental (extracellular recording, microstimulation, chemical microinjections, transient blink perturbation) and computational tools. An understanding of the cognitive and motoric processes that produce integrated orienting behavior has diagnostic value for deficits resulting from neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., ADHD, schizophrenia) and ocular dysmotility (e.g., strabismus).