Faculty listed below:
Faculty listed below:
Dr. Ashby directs the Laboratory for Computational Cognitive Neuroscience and is interested in basic cognitive and neural processes of human learning and memory.
The focus of Liz Chrastil's research is understanding how the brain supports spatial navigation.
The overarching goal of my research is to better understand how the mammalian neocortex processes and stores incoming sensory information.
Research interests: neural circuits and computations involved in reward learning and decision-making
Research interests: Systems Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience and Molecular, Cellular, and Circuit Mechanisms Controlling Behavior.
The main goal of our research is to understand how navigational behavior comes about in terms of neural-circuit computation. By combining behavioral quantification, functional analysis and computational modeling, we seek to unravel structure-function relationships between neural circuits, sensory coding and adaptive decision-making.
Reseach interest: Biological Dynamics; control of neural populations; natural and artificial swarms: schooling fish, flocking birds, etc- territorial behavior- coupled oscillators. Fluid Dynamics- shear flow turbulence. Mechanical Systems- theoretical analysis of individual and coupled MEMS devices; vibrational energy harvesting. Networks - information propagation through social networks; collective decision making. Dynamical Systems- bifurcation theory- canards.
How does the brain control behavior? We study the neural circuits that organize a flexible sequence of movements that remove dust from fruit flies. Drosophila grooming behavior is a rich model for understanding how sensory inputs modify motor programs. We use approaches from genetics, optogenetics, neuroethology and machine vision, and functional imaging of neural activity to decipher the logic and implementation of behavior sequences.
The lab of Spencer LaVere Smith (slslab.org) is investigating neural circuitry in action using novel instrumentation. One half of the lab is neuroengineering new instrumentation for measuring and manipulating neural activity. The other half of the lab is using the technology to perform experiments and gain insights into how neural circuitry processes stimuli and drives adaptive behavior.
Dr. Smith joined the UCSB faculty in 2018. Her lab will investigate the functional role of neural dendrites in synaptic computations.