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Paton Lab

Learning to adaptively respond to cues in the environment that predict behaviourally relevant events is critical for survival. However, in the natural world, where animals are exposed to myriad sensory stimuli, learning the predictive value of cues is non-trivial. How do animals figure out which cues are predictive, and of what? This is called the credit assignment problem. Conceiving of this problem as statistical inference in the time domain offers a parsimonious account of animals’ learning abilities. In other words, when cues occur relative to meaningful events is what determines their information content, their usefulness, and thus, whether they warrant learning about. However, we still do not understand how the brain might keep track of times. We aim to reveal neural mechanisms for time by observing and manipulating neurophysiology in behaving rodents performing tasks that lead them to estimate intervals.

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Main Interests

How the brain learns to do and when to do it

Methods

Behaviour, Neurobiology, Molecular biology and Mathematical modelling

Models and Regions

Rodents, Basal Ganglia, Thalamus, Frontal areas of Cerebral Cortex

Opportunities

If you are interested in joining our group, please contact Joe Paton at the email address bellow.

joe.paton@neuro.fchampalimaud.org

Lab Webpage

patonlab.org

PROJECTS

Learning

TEAM

Learning

Know our Team

Joe Paton

Joe Paton, PhD

Principal Investigator

Bruno Cruz

Bruno Cruz

2014 INDP PhD Student

Mauricio Toro

Mauricio Toro

2015 INDP PhD Student

Gonçalo Guiomar

Gonçalo Guiomar

2016 INDP PhD Student

Margarida Pexirra

Margarida Pexirra

Masters Student

Bassam Atallah

Bassam Atallah, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cristina Domnisoru

Cristina Domnisoru, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Georg Raiser

Georg Raiser, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Tiago Monteiro

Tiago Monteiro, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Margarida Duarte

Margarida Duarte, PhD

Research Assistant

Ben Zarov

Ben Zarov

Research Technician

Daniela Domingues

Daniela Domingues

Research Technician

Filipe Rodrigues

Filipe Rodrigues

Research Technician

António Raposo

António Raposo

Lab Administrator

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