Specific Research Areas:
Mammalian vision, development of sensory systems
The mammalian brain is composed of a rich mosaic of regions that vary in their cyto- and chemo-architecture, anatomical connectivity, and functional response properties. This complex architecture supports perception, but it also reflects perception – it is shaped by our experience of the world. How does our environment guide neural development, and how does the emerging neural architecture support perception and behavior? Our research combines neuroimaging, behavioral psychophysics, and electrophysiology to understand how intrinsic and experience-driven processes interact throughout development to shape brain organization and behavior. Our current focus is on neural development supporting visual object recognition across mammalian species.
Professor Michael Arcaro will be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2021.