Background and activities

The brain machinery at our disposal serves as an action generator whose products enable us to continuously communicate our thoughts and ideas, which would otherwise be inaccessible, to others. Understanding how brief movement sequences which constitute ethologically relevant actions are mediated by neural circuitry is largely unknown and it constitutes the bulk of my current research interests.

Using single-unit recordings and optical silencing in freely behaving animals, I am currently working on ascertaining the respective contributions of parietal and premotor cortices which communicate to flexibly reorganize the planning of rats’ action sequences depending on the presence or absence of a fixed goal in a navigational task.