Understanding the function of a visual pathway to the limbic cortex

  • Bakola, Sofia (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Description

Recent studies indicate the existence of a neural pathway that conveys visual information directly to the posterior limbic cortex, a poorly understood part of the primate brain. These data challenge current models of how sensory processing happens in the cerebral cortex, including how visual sensations are linked to action, attention and emotion. In order to determine the function of this newly recognised brain circuit, I will conduct the first recordings of the electrical activity of cells in this part of the brain in animals trained to perform various visual tasks. This study will combine my experience in behavioural studies of primates, obtained during my training in Europe, with the Australian laboratory's expertise in neurophysiology.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/1230/06/15

Funding

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