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Auditory Cortex: From Synapses to Behavior
Monday, November 26, 2007,
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Dr. Zador is a Professor of Biology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His pedigree includes graduate work with Christof Koch (Caltech) and Tom Brown (Yale), and a postdoc with Chuck Stevens (Salk Institute). He is one of the main organizers of the Computational and Systems Neuroscience (COSYNE) meeting.
Dr. Zador's goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying the neural correlates of auditory processing, attention and decision making. Understanding these processes may help development treatments for cognitive disorder. He is particularly interested in autism. His lab uses a variety of physiological, molecular and computational approaches to study how the auditory cortex processes sound, and how it allows us to focus on one sound whilst ignoring the rest (aka the cocktail party problem). The long-term goal of his laboratory is to elucidate the cortical mechanisms underlying attention in the rodent auditory cortex. Solving this problem may ultimately provide insight into the "Big C" (consciousness). Research in the lab is organized around three main questions:
What are the neural representations of sound in the auditory cortex, and how are these representations modulated by non-sensory input, such as attention and reward?
What are the cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying these sensory representations and their non-sensory modulation?
What are the mechanisms by which learning modifies these representations?