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Neuronal activity patterns and connectivity in macaque monkeys during working memory and attention




9: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Robert Desimone

Faculty email:


Apply by:

February 15, 2020


Diego Mendoza-Halliday. Email: mendoz@mit.edu.

Project Description

We are looking for 2 students to work on projects analyzing 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 students’ tasks include the analysis of activity patterns in single neurons and neuronal populations and the connectivity between neurons within and between areas, and their relationship to the attention and working memory components of the monkey's cognitive task. The project’s aims include contributing results to an article aimed for peer-reviewed publication in the next year. Terms: IAP and Spring, or Spring. (Option to continue during Summer term.)


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