Centre for Systems Neuroscience

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One of the major scientific challenges of our days is to understand how information is represented by neurons in the brain. Although there has been spectacular progress in the last decades, we are still far to comprehend, 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 epileptic patients -implanted with intracranial electrodes for clinical reasons-, electroencephalographic and eye-tracker recordings and we 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.

Selected Publications  

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Brain Cells for Grandmother
R. Quian Quiroga, I. Fried, C. Koch
Scientific American 308(2):30-35, 2013


Nat.Rev.Neuro.2012.SKYWALKER Concept cells: The building blocks of declarative memory functions. Quian Quiroga R
Nature Reviews Neuroscience. (2012) 13: 587-597.

Nature 2005 435.7045 Cover 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.


EPSRC The Leverhulme Trust AHRC JCCM Mutua Madrileña MRC BBSRC The Royal Society Secretaria de Educacion Publica European Social Fund

Selected Media Stories 

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Selected Videos about or work

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EPSRC RISE Awards          Art of Visual Perception      What Makes a Masterpiece?

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