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  1. Megan Carey
    Neural Circuits and Behavior

    Eugenia Chiappe
    Sensorimotor Integration

    Rui Costa
    Neurobiology of Action

    Bruno Costa-Silva
    Systems Oncology

    Gonzalo de Polavieja
    Collective Behavior

    Susana Lima

    Christian Machens
    Theoretical Neuroscience

    Zachary Mainen
    Systems Neuroscience

    Marta Moita
    Behavioral Neuroscience

    Eduardo Moreno
    Cell Fitness

    Michael Orger
    Vision to Action

    Joe Paton

    Leopoldo Petreanu
    Cortical Circuits

    Alfonso Renart
    Circuit Dynamics & Computation

    Christa Rhiner
    Stem cells and regeneration

    Carlos Ribeiro
    Behavior and Metabolism

    Adriana Sánchez Danés
    Cancer and Stem Cell Biology

    Noam Shemesh
    Preclinical MRI

    Maria Luísa Vasconcelos
    Innate Behavior

    Henrique Veiga-Fernandes

  1. Systems Neuroscience

    We do not perceive the world directly. Rather, our brains must decipher what is out there using the window of information we receive from our senses. The result of this process is referred to as a ‘model’ of the world. Understanding how brains construct and use internal models is a central problem in neuroscience. This problem can be approached by thinking of the brain as a kind of an intuitive scientist, collecting and analysing data, constructing and testing hypotheses based on those data, and revising them in light of new data. Each brain gets different data and produces a different model, making the beliefs that guide our actions subjective and sometimes wrong. Fortunately, like a good scientist, our brains can and do evaluate the quality of the data. This gives us a sense of confidence in our beliefs and decisions, helping us to know when our subjective reality is worth acting on and when to question it. Understanding how all this works in terms of neural circuits is the long-term goal of research in the Systems Neuroscience lab. 

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