Some specific questions we are addressing include:
- How does sensory experience shape odor discrimination?
- How does sensory encoding reflect hedonic /emotional associations of odors?
- What role does sleep play in olfactory perceptual learning?
- How do local neural circuits and larger regional networks interact to shape perception and memory?
In addition, we are interested in how experience early in life (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), or aging and dementia (Alzheimer's disease) can influence sensory system function. Our current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Fluorogold retrogradely labeled neurons projecting to the medial dorsal thalamus.