Laboratory for Distributed Cognitive Processing

RIKEN Center for brain Science

RIKEN Center for brain Science

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Current Members

  • Ian Schmitt
    Lukas Ian Schmitt
    Team Leader
    I have always been fascinated by the brain`s ability to reflect relevant properties of the outside world and use that representation to guide action. To study this critical function requires the tools to measure, modify and model at a high resolution and so I am constantly seeking new technologies that better enable us to read information from neural activity and write it back using electrical and optogenetic techniques. My long-term goal is to apply such approaches to understand how brain networks, particularly in the thalamus and cortex, process and store information to create useful perceptual models.
  • Miho Nakajima
    Miho Nakajima
    Deputy Team Leader
    My long-term research goal is to understand the circuit basis of cognitive flexibility. My general aim is to uncover the properties of neural networks that allow the brain to flexibly and rapidly link behaviorally relevant inputs to outputs that can provide proper cognitive control over behavior.
  • Patrick Hosford
    Patrick Hosford
    Research Scientist
    My immediate research goals are to understand the interplay between the thalamus and cortex to enable sensory processing necessary for the completion of every-day tasks we take for granted. Longer-term, I wish to integrate brain metabolism into our model of cognition in order to answer why dysregulation of brain energy supply affects our ability to learn and remember? This question has profound implications for maintaining our cognitive health as we age.
  • Hao Mei
    Hao Mei
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    The interactions between distributed brain regions underlie various brain functions. My interest lies in understanding how information is maintained and processed within such neural circuits and ultimately produces specific behaviors. In the Schmitt lab, my research focuses on the pulvinar nucleus. In behaving mouse, by combining optogenetic and electrophysiological techniques, I manipulate/record neural activities within neural networks that includes the pulvinar nucleus, seeking to understand the mechanism of its contribution to cognitive functions and behaviors.
  • Jean Connier
    Jean Connier
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Having worked on assistive devices for visually impaired people, I would like to get a deeper understanding of the mechanisms underlying perception and cognition in such contexts.
  • Hiroko Tanaka
    Hiroko Tanaka
    Graduate Student
    I am interested in the neural circuits underlying neuropsychiatric disorders, especially organic/symptomatic mental disorders such as those resulting from thyroid diseases, and their circuit-based treatment.
  • Cillian Hayde
    Cillian Hayde
    Technical Staff
  • Hosana Tagomori
    Hosana Tagomori
    Technical Staff
    Coming from a background in psychology, I am interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the brain circuitry underlying attention, memory and perception and how this supports predictions made about the environment. I am also curious to learn more about how this circuitry may be altered in neuropscyhiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and autism.
  • Yuka Iwamoto
    Yuka Iwamoto
    Technical Staff
    I am interested in a better understanding of brain circuit interactions. I have been involved with constructing tools for visualizing nerve activity in the mouse brain so far. And now, I am involved with implementation experiments using these tools at our lab. Many things are new to me, and I am always excited to assist in projects.
  • Yuka Maeda
    Yuka Maeda
    Technical Staff
    My interest lies in studying perception and other functions of the brain using mice. I hope to contribute to the team by learning methods to study brain function and to make the most out of the programming experience I gained in my former job.
  • Takako Goto
    Takako Goto
    Administrative Staff

Past Members

Hanna Tagomori (Currently a Graduate student at the University of British Columbia)

Join the Team!

We are seeking enthusiastic, hard-working researchers and technical staff to engage in challenging new research, develop novel approaches and support existing projects. If you are interested in taking on cutting edge challenges in brain research, please take a look at our CBS page and the careers site for opportunities to join the team!

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