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Anirvan Nandy, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and of Psychology

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Anirvan Nandy, PhD

Research Summary

My lab investigates the neural mechanisms of perception, attention, and social cognition using a combination of cutting-edge tools in high-density electrophysiology, deep learning, machine vision, and computational modeling of neural and behavioral dynamics.

Extensive Research Description

Perception and cognition depend crucially on the ability of our sensory cortical systems to select behaviorally relevant stimuli for detailed inspection while ignoring distractors. Neurons in the neocortex are embedded in a layered (or laminar) structure, and there are stereotypical patterns of anatomical connectivity in this layered cortical architecture and these connectivity motifs are shared across sensory modalities, leading to the idea of a canonical information processing circuit. By studying the functional dynamics of these intricate layered circuits while animals are engaged in challenging visuo-spatial tasks and naturalistic social behaviors, we hope to discover fundamental principles of information flow through the cortex, and how this information flow is modulated by brain and behavioral state. These investigations will significantly advance our understanding of the mechanisms of cognition and ultimately help us understand disease conditions in which information flow is disrupted.


Research Interests

Attention; Macular Degeneration; Neurobiology; Neurons; Neurosciences; Visual Cortex; Prefrontal Cortex; Social Cognition

Selected Publications