Centre for Systems Neuroscience
One of the major scientific challenges of today is to understand how information is represented by neurons in the brain. Although there has been spectacular progress in recent decades, we are still far from comprehending, for example, how visual inputs are processed to create conscious percepts and how these percepts can create new memories.
To understand these principles of brain function, we perform single cell recordings in patients with epilepsy -implanted with intracranial electrodes for clinical reasons-, electroencephalographic and eye-tracker recordings and use a sophisticated robot arm to study potential clinical (Neuroprosthetic) applications. Since complex behaviour is encoded by the activity of large populations of neurons, we also work on the development of advanced methods to extract useful information from these data.
Brain Cells for Grandmother
R. Quian Quiroga, I. Fried, C. Koch
Scientific American 308(2):30-35, 2013
Concept cells: The building blocks of declarative memory functions. Quian Quiroga R
Nature Reviews Neuroscience. (2012) 13: 587-597.
Invariant visual representation by single-neurons in the human brain.
Quian Quiroga R, Reddy L, Kreiman G, Koch C and Fried I.
Nature, 435: 1102-1107; 2005.
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