Computational Learning and Memory Group Welcome Trust Investigator Award

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The brain has a remarkable capacity to learn continuously about the environment and to use this knowledge flexibly to make predictions and guide its future decisions. Our group studies learning and memory from computational, algorithmic/representational and neurobiological viewpoints. We also maintain an active interest in the possible computational functions of neural oscillations, particularly those present in the hippocampus and neocortex.

Computationally and algorithmically, we use ideas from Bayesian approaches to statistical inference and reinforcement learning to characterize the goals and mechanisms of learning in terms of normative principles and behavioral results. We also perform dynamical systems analyses of reduced biophysical models to understand the mapping of these mechanisms into cellular and network models.

We collaborate very closely with experimental neuroscience groups, doing in vitro intracellular recordings, multi-unit recordings in behaving animals, and human psychophysical and fMRI experiments.
Computational Learning and Memory Lab


6 / 10 / 16 paper paper about E-I networks for efficient inference accepted at PLoS Comput Biol
15 / 09 / 16 paper about a sampling-based cortical representation of uncertainty in press at Neuron
12 / 08 / 16 paper about efficient state space modularization for planning accepted at NIPS
26 / 07 / 16 review about active sensing appeared in Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
20 / 06 / 16 Cristina Savin, postdoc alumna of the lab, accepts faculty position at NYU CNS and Data Sciences Center
23 / 12 / 15 paper about a new functional role of active dendrites accepted at eLife
06 / 12 / 15 paper about Bayesian active sensing in eye movements accepted at eLife
23 / 11 / 15 paper about model-based decision making in a spiking neural network accepted at the Journal of Neuroscience
20 / 11 / 15 Daniel McNamee is awarded Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral from the Wellcome Trust
20 / 10 / 15 paper about infant looking times accepted at Developmental Psychology
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