The major goal of systems neuroscience is to understand how neuronal circuits function to produce sensation, emotion, action, and other complex behaviors.  Questions addressed by systems neuroscience investigators include:

  • How do we see, hear, feel, move, and make decisions?
  • How do neurons encode sensory information and how is that information decoded?
  • How can we keep track of a single voice in the complex environment of a noisy party?
  • How does processing of sensory information change with age?
  • How do we navigate through a complex environment?
  • What is the functional organization of neuronal connections that give rise to the emergent properties of the functioning nervous system?
  • How do different brain areas communicate with each other?
  • How do neural circuits form memories? And how can this information be retrieved again?

Faculty studying systems