[Hiroshi Ito] Spatiaotemporal light control to investigate behavioral decisions based on the brain’s spatial representaiton system.

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Hiroshi Ito

Hiroshi Ito

Memory and Navigation Circuits Group, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
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While rats are known to have an ability to use positional relationships in the environment for spatial navigation as humans do, it is largely unclear how such spatial representations can be used for behavioral decisions. In this project, I will combine spatial-temporal light control and optogenetic techniques to dynamically modulate the activity of a targeted subset of neurons. This technique will allow us to artifically and reversibly modify the spatial representaitons in the brain, providing a possibility to investigate the influence of the brain’s internal representations on neural circuits for behavioral decisions.

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