Neural Mechanisms of Blindsight: a Combined Physiological and Behavioural Study

  • Lui, Leo, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Description

This project will study the physiological mechanisms underlying our ability to decide what we are seeing. Using a combination of physiological and behavioural techniques, we will record the electrical activity of individual brain cells in real time, while an animal makes a simple decision (e.g. whether a pattern is moving to the left, or right). We will compare the neural activity in situations in which the animal can see the pattern, versus others in which visual information is processed subconsciously (following inactivation of a part of the brain). These data will reveal cellular computations underlying visual perception and decision-making, and will potentially reveal strategies to help functional recovery following brain damage.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date31/03/1331/03/19

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD255,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD120,000.00