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Thalamic Inhibition

Allen Institute for Brain Science – Showcase 2015: Michael Halassa, Ph.D., Next Generation Leader, Thalamic inhibition as a mechanism for attentional allocation.

How does the thalamic reticular nucleus gate interactions between the neocortex and thalamus?
Techniques used: Adjustable multi-electrode recordings in freely behaving mice, cognitive tasks, computational methods, optogenetics and chemical genetics.
How does the brain continue to sample the world during sleep?
Techniques used: Combined causal manipulations and in vivo physiology.
How are thalamo-cortical interactions disrupted in schizophrenia and related disorders?
Techniques used: disease models with in-vivo and slice physiology.