Behavior, Learning and Memory
How do neural circuits encode and retrieve information? Neurobiology researchers at USC are actively engaged in studies of the functional circuits that program performance of learning and behavior. Mechanistic dissection of the neural pathways underlying learning and behavior is carried out using an array of different approaches, including cutting-edge techniques to define the structure and morphology of neural tracts and single neurons, to measure the activity of single neurons in awake behaving animals, to assess synaptic plasticity and gene expression, and to activate/inactivate specific neural circuits to manipulate and assess their function. We are studying how the brain pays attention to salient stimuli, learns from experience, and generates appropriate actions.