How does the brain encode the external world to guide behavior? We are using behavioral, neurophysiological and embedded computational ( robotics) approaches to study the brain and behavior with the goal of developing a broad theoretical framework of neural function.
Research in the Blanks' lab at Florida Atlantic University is currently focused on developing and testing unique hypoxia-regulated, cell specific recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus (rAAV) vectors for gene therapy of different target cell types within the eye and brain.
The science of coordination aims to understand how the very many different elements of living things - from genes to cells, to neural ensembles, to brains, to societies - are functionally coordinated in space and time. Our current research uses non-invasive imaging methods (EEG, MEG, fMRI, DTI etc) and behavioral measures to investigate brain areas that underlie human learning, cognition, and the disorders thereof.
Subcortical systems control the hippocampal EEG and its functional significance. We examine brainstem-diencephalic networks that control the theta rhythm and non-theta states of the hippocampal EEG and their role in memory processing functions of the hippocampus.
The Cognitive Neurodynamics Laboratory is a research group within the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. The central goal of our laboratory is to understand the spatio-temporal dynamics of activity in the brain as it relates to cognitive function. Our theoretical and experimental studies focus on the investigation of large-scale networks in the cerebral cortex.
Application of the concepts of synergetics and the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems to behavioral sciences, biology, and medicine. Especially, the macroscopic modeling of the spatiotemporal dynamics of human EEG and MEG, and combining theses dynamical measures with structural and functional information obtained from MRI and fMRI.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sammy Hong
The long-term objective of my research is to provide better understanding how the human visual system constructs neural representations based on sensory inputs and what neural mechanisms make it possible for us to consciously experience the world based on those representations.
The principal research interest is neurobiology of learning and memory. The lab uses a systems and behavioral neuroscience approach to understand the basic neural mechanisms that underlie mammalian learning and memory - from the analysis of individual cells and molecules to the study of circuits supporting memory processes.
Principal Investigator: Howard Prenctice
Dr. Prentice’s recent investigations have included gene therapy strategies in models of retinal disease. In addition Dr. Prentice has investigated ischemic tissue protection including anti-apoptotic mechanisms and preconditioning pathways. Dr. Prentice’s translational studies have resulted in recent patent awards and these investigations have included analyses of the mechanisms underlying novel stroke therapies.
Principal Investigator: Wen Shen
Our primary research interests focus on the mechanisms of visual information processing within the retina.
Principal Investigator: Summer Sheremata
Our primary research focuses on the investigation of attention through various neuroimaging modalities.
Principal Investigator: Jang Yen Wu
Our research interests are focused on the fundamental principles underlying the normal brain function as well as brain diseases.
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