Neurophysiology of Emotion and Memory
A dysfunction in the production, influence or perception of emotion is at the core of several psychiatric disorders. The amygdala is part of a system that mediates the influence of emotion on behavior and memory formation. In this laboratory we examine 1) how the amygdala influences these processes, 2) how it changes during learning, and 3) how it is disrupted in animal models of psychiatric disorders.
Modulation of synaptic integration
Synaptic inputs can drive neuronal activity. Their influence on neuronal output will be determined, in part, by integrative properties of the neuron. These properties are influenced by many factors, including monoamines and peptides. In this laboratory we examine how integrative properties are modified, and what role the dendrites play in this modulation.