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Analysis of neuronal activity and connectivity in macaque monkeys during working memory and attention


Term:

Spring

Department:

9: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Robert Desimone

Faculty email:

desimone@mit.edu

Apply by:

February 15, 2020

Contact:

Diego Mendoza-Halliday: mendoz@mit.edu

Project Description

[NOTE: This project only requires data analysis that can be fulfilled remotely, in accordance with COVID-19 preventive protocols.] We are looking for an undergraduate student to work on a project to analyze a newly-acquired large data set of simultaneous neuronal activity recordings from five brain areas in macaque monkeys performing a high-level cognitive task designed to investigate the mechanisms of working memory and attention. The student's tasks include the analysis of activity patterns in neuronal populations across all areas, and their relationship to the attention and working memory components of the monkeys' cognitive task. The project’s aims include contributing results that will make part of an article for peer-reviewed publication.

Pre-requisites

- Course 9.01: Introduction to Neuroscience - Basic knowledge of Matlab programming