Neural Basis of Visual Behavior
Our research aims to understand cortical circuit function, and to relate activity in cortical circuits to perception and behavior.Current work in our lab focuses on mechanisms by which behavioral context can shape activity in early visual cortex. In particular, we seek to understand the role of inhibition in shaping the output of cortical neurons. We study these mechanisms in the mouse brain, using a combination of macroscopic optical imaging, multielectrode recordings, and optogenetic techniques.
Group leader: Steffen Katzner
- Busse L., Ayaz A., Dhruv N.T., Katzner S., Saleem A.B., Schölvinck M.L., Zaharia A.D., Carandini M. (2011) The Detection of Visual Contrast in the Behaving Mouse. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(31):11351–11361.
- Katzner S., Busse L., Carandini M. (2011) GABA(A) Inhibition Controls Response Gain in Visual Cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience, 31(16):5931–41.
- Katzner S., Nauhaus I., Benucci A., Bonin V., Ringach D.L., Carandini M. (2009) Local origin of field potentials in visual cortex. Neuron, 61(1):35-41.
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