Nicholas J. Priebe, Ph.D.

Title
Associate Professor
Department
Department of Neuroscience
Institution
University of Texas at Austin
Address
2415 Speedway
Patterson Labs 307
City, State, Zip
Austin, TX 78712
Phone
(512) 232-0803
E-mail
nicholas[at]mail.utexas.edu
Website
http://w3.biosci.utexas.edu/priebe/labsite/Home.html
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
2009

Research

The massive expansion of cerebral cortex is a hallmark of the human brain. We know that the cortex plays an essential role in our perceptions and actions. Sensory inputs from the periphery are transformed in the cortex, allowing us to generate appropriate motor outputs. My lab studies the cortical circuitry and the computations that underlie such transformations, using vision as a model system. In visual cortex, neuronal circuitry performs the computations that extract motion, orientation and depth information about the visual environment from subcortical inputs. For example, primary visual cortex (V1) is the cortical location in which information from the two eyes is first integrated, ultimately allowing us to perceive depth in our visual field. By understanding the circuitry that underlies these kinds of computations, we gain insight into similar computations that occur throughout cortex.