Sensory Processing Laboratory

Animals dynamically adjust their behavioral states in a complex, constantly changing environment. Switching from a drowsy, inattentive behavioral state to an aroused, attentive state is crucial for effective perception of relevant sensory stimuli and execution of cognitively demanding tasks. In our laboratory, we aim to unravel brain circuits that are important for selective attention and sensory integration, which are critical for cognitive and perceptual behaviors. Insights from our study should be broadly applicable to the treatment of cognitive disorders including attention deficit disorder, autism, and schizophrenia.