Multisensory integration and associative learning in thalamic circuits
Third-party funded project
Project title Multisensory integration and associative learning in thalamic circuits
Principal Investigator(s) Gründemann, Jan
Organisation / Research unit Departement Biomedizin / Sensory processing and behaviour (Gründemann)
Project start 01.01.2018
Probable end 31.12.2021
Status Active

Although we are starting to decipher how higher brain areas are involved in learning and memory, the role of sensory integration during associative learning in the brain’s major input hub, the thalamus, is only poorly understood. Novel deep brain imaging techniques will now allow us for the first time to investigate multimodal sensory integration and thalamic function on both, the cellular as well as population and computational level. This enables us to revisit and revise fundamental concepts of thalamic sensory function and broaden our understanding of the role of thalamus in learning and memory as well as associated diseases like generalised anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.

Keywords Associative learning; Multimodal sensory integration; Miniature microscope; Thalamus; Deep brain calcium imaging; Neuroscience
Financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

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