About the presenter: Doris McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology at Yale
University Dr. McCormick received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mathematics and a Bachelor’s of Art degree in experimental psychology from Purdue University in 1979. He then received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Stanford University in 1983 where he performed his postdoctoral work with David Prince, contributing to understanding the mechanisms by which neuromodulatory neurotransmitters control the state of cortical and thalamic neurons and networks. Dr. McCormick has been honored with awards ranging from the Donald B. Lindsley Prize to the Yngve Zotterman Prize, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
DISCOVERING FUNCTIONAL NEUROAL CIRCUITS One goal of neuroscience is to reveal the neural circuits of mammalian behavior. How can we achieve this goal? Methods used to reveal the functional circuits of the brain can be divided into 5 categories: Anatomy, Record, Lesion, Stimulate, Model. I will use examples from my own research on simple learning, rhythm generation, state-dependent activity, and rapid variations in the waking state and performance to illustrate how the combination of these five approaches can yield an in depth understanding of the neural networks of the brain.
Owing to rapid technical advances in neuroscience, the ability to perform experiments that yield broad data sets of the neural activity underlying behavior has come of age. I will provide a brief overview of how these advances may allow Neuroscience to delve even deeper into revealing the neural circuits of behavior.