Linking brain activity to behaviour: neural oscillations and cognition

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Nigel Jones Personal web page

Project Details

How do brain waves control cognitive processes? Using a combination of in vivo electrophysiology and sophisticated cognitive paradigms of working memory and attention, coupled with genetically modified mice, this project will record brain waves (local field potentials) and single unit activity during cognitive performance to attempt to answer this fundamental question. Several projects are ongoing. These include (1) deep characterisation of neuronal oscillatory patterns occurring during behaviour in different key brain regions; (2) manipulation of brain activity using optogenetic and chemogenetic technologies to infer causal consequences; (3) development of targeted pharmacotherapies to restore aberrant brain wave activity as potential treatment options for disorders with cognitive symptoms.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Jones Laboratory: Epilepsy and Behaviour

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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