This project aims to study how arousal state modulates information processing in the brain. In the experiments, the pupil size is used to index arousal state (i.e. pupil-linked arousal) and we will characterize how the animals’ performance in performing a whisker deflection direction discrimination task is dependent upon the pupil-linked arousal. We will further manipulate the major neuromodulatory systems to examine how the activation of the systems dilates the pupil and modulate behavioral performance.
Lab: Lab for Neural Engineering and Control
Direct Supervisor: Qi Wang
Position Dates: Summer 2022
Hours per Week: 35
Number of positions: 5
Qualifications: Experience working with rodents
Eligibility: Senior, Master's (SEAS only)