A. David Redish Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
University of Minnesota
“The neurophysiology of decision-making: information processing in mice, rats, and humans”
Using neural ensemble recordings, neural manipulation technologies, and novel behavioral tasks, I will report some of our discoveries of the underlying mechanisms through which human and non-human animals make decisions. Interestingly, we find that there are multiple processes that interact to enable behavior. One consequence of this is that how the behavior is structured (“how one asks the question”) changes how animals (including humans) respond. We will use translational tasks which show similar behavioral and neurophysiological processes in mice, rats, and humans to lead us to be able to apply novel treatments for psychiatric dysfunctions by changing how we ask the question of what to do when.