► February 2018: Postdoc Athena Akrami publishes in Nature on Parametric Working Memory and Sensory History

Congratulations to Athena Akrami, whose paper in Nature is now out (link here).

Athena Akrami

In this paper, Athena combined formal algorithmic behavioral analysis, optogenetic inactivations, and electrophysiological recordings in rats to show that Posterior Parietal Cortex (PPC) is specifically involved in the representation and use of prior sensory experience in Parametric Working Memory (PWM) tasks, where rats compare two sequential auditory stimuli, separated by a delay.

Here’s a fantastic News and Views piece by Prof. Laura Busse on Athena’s paper: Working memory freed from the past


► Summer 2017: Brodylab produces short film on evidence accumulation

Brodylab and friends produced a short film to accompany our recent paper on evidence accumulation in the July 19th issue of Neuron.  The film was directed by PNI graduate student Rolando Massis-Obando (top center) and starred the folks below.  It included animations by Sue Ann Koay and music by Lake Ruth.  You can watch our video here on youtube!




► Aug 2017: grad student Alex Piet’s paper is out in Neural Computation

Alex Piet

Congratulations to graduate student Alex Piet, whose paper in Neural Computation is now out (link here).

In this paper Alex uses two-node attractor network models to  figure out what neural mechanisms could lead to FOF (a rat cortical region) contributing to decision-making as the lab found in Erlich et al. eLife 2015 and Erlich et al. Neuron 2011. Alex’s results point to specific mechanisms in which the FOF contributes “post-categorization” memory, and make some predictions that Alex then confirmed as correct in a post-hoc analysis of the data.

► July 2017: recent Ph.D. graduate Kevin Miller has paper on planning published in Nature Neuroscience

Alex Piet

Kevin Miller

Congratulations to ex-graduate student (now Dr.) Kevin Miller, who just had a paper published in Nature Neuroscience, on developing a planning task for rats together with computational methods to analyse the rats’ behavior, and using those to establish a role for the hippocampus in planning. Link to the paper is here.

► June 2017: postdocs Ben Scott and Christine Constantinople publish in Neuron on calcium imaging during accumulation of evidence


Christine Constantinople

Ben Scott

Congratulations to Ben Scott and Christine Constantinople, co-first authors of a paper in Neuron describing how calcium imaging recordings during accumulation of evidence reveal that evidence is encoded in heterogeneous neural responses that have a wide diversity of timescales.

► May 2017: grad student Alex Piet has paper on modeling the FOF cortex accepted in Neural Computation

Congratulations to graduate student Alex Piet, who just had a paper accepted in Neural Computation on using modeling to distinguish roles of the FOF cortex in decision-making, as well as distinguishing between neural mechanisms by which the FOF could implement a post-categorization memory role. Link to paper will be added when it becomes available.