The causal role of inferior temporal cortex in object recognition behavior.
NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate training positions are available in the laboratory of Arash Afraz (NIMH Intramural Program, NIH, Bethesda, MD) to study the neural underpinnings of object recognition behavior in the non-human primate brain. Specifically, we are interested in uncovering the causal links between the neural activity in the ventral stream of the visual pathway and visual perception. Potential projects include: electrophysiological recording of the neural activity in the ventral visual pathway (e.g. areas V4 and IT), microstimulation and optogenetic perturbation of neural populations in the ventral pathway and utilizing a combination of recording and perturbation techniques to study the circuit dynamics of the ventral stream during object recognition behavior. All of these efforts will be done with respect to the general goal of developing a quantitative theory of how neural spiking features (rate, timing, etc.) shape and constrain visual perception and behavior. The experiments will be carried out in the context of the collaborative research environment at the NIH and will benefit from the rich infrastructure and vibrant neuroscience community of the NIH intramural program.
Postbaccalaureate training positions are for 1 year with an option to renew for 1-2 additional years. All candidates must apply through NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate program. Requirements include good programming skills, writing and oral communication skills and self-motivation for science. To learn more about the NIH IRTA postbaccalaureate program click here.
Those interested should first submit their application on the OITE application portal, then point Arash Afraz to their IRTA application through email: email@example.com.
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