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​Sensory perception and generate behavioral output

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Sensory perception and generate behavioral output

Understanding how neuronal circuits produce sensory perception and generate behavioral output is an important theme of neuroscience. The rapid and precise processing of visual information is essential for survival, learning and other social interactions. Dysfunction of visual processing underlies major clinical problems. The long-term research interest of our lab is to understand how visual information is processed in neuronal circuits, using a combination of pharmacological, electrophysiological, and behavioral techniques. 

Visual processing and modulation in thalamic circuits
Thalamus is the central relay station for most sensation. Visual information passes through the thalamus before reaching the visual cortex. In turn, neurons in the cortex send feedback projection to the thalamus with dynamically modulation in the sensory processing. One of the major research interests of our lab is to determine the function, plasticity and modulation of thalamic circuits. In particular, we will examine how thalamic circuits are affected by drugs that could cause sensory processing disorders. 

Neural circuits of aberrant light induced mental disorders
We also seek to elucidate the organizing principle of neural circuits by studying the circuitry of visual sensation. Aberrant light exposure is an unpleasant experience of sensation that triggers some negative emotion such as anxiety and depression. The circuit basis of this processing remains unclear. We are interested in exploring the neural explanation to the causation of these negative emotions following aberrant light exposure. 

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