EXROP Projects: Michael N. Shadlen

Michael N. Shadlen
Summer Lab Size: 10
Program Dates: May 31-August 6, 2016

Examination of Speed and Accuracy of Visual Perception

This project examines a simple kind of decision making that occurs when we form categorical judgments based on imperfect evidence. We are interested in how the brain makes decisions about visual stimuli. By measuring both the accuracy of perception and the time needed, we gain insight into the computations that the brain uses to reach a decision. The project involves measurement of eye movements in human subjects, computer programming, and data analysis using MATLAB software. There are opportunities to collaborate with scientists conducting related studies in nonhuman primates and mice. Prior experience with computer programming is essential.

Scientist Profile

Columbia University
Neuroscience, Physiology