Learning and neural plasticity
Adaptive interactions with the environment depend on
sophisticated brain plasticity mechanisms at multiple levels: from single
neurons to large-scale brain networks.
Traditionally, the study of plasticity has been
fragmented into sensory, motor or decision-related circuits. However,
translating brain plasticity findings to brain repair requires an understanding
of the interactions between these circuits.
Our aim is to integrate this study of learning and plasticity to promote
wellbeing and advance healthcare interventions. We take a multidisciplinary
approach, synthesising methods from physiology, cellular neurobiology,
pharmacology, brain imaging, behavioural science and computational modelling to
reveal plasticity at multiple scales (cellular, structural and functional).
We will test how learning modifies sensory representations, perceptual decisions and motor outputs. Further, we will examine brain
reorganisation and long-term plasticity in cases of
congenital or acquired sensory and motor deficits.
Who are we?
The European Community Seventh Framework Initial Training Network
“Adaptive Brain Computations” (ABC) is a multi-disciplinary research and
training programme which aims to integrate the study of learning and brain
plasticity to promote wellbeing and advance healthcare interventions. The
network takes a multidisciplinary approach, synthesising methods from brain
imaging, behavioural science, physiology, and computational modelling to
understand brain plasticity.