Neural Circuits and Cognition Lab

The goal of our research program is to understand how cognitive functions are mediated by interactions of cortical and subcortical circuits. Our primary focus is to elucidate how the brain pays attention to motivational salient stimuli and amplifies the associated cortical processing by engaging a key neural circuit we identified in recent years - salience-encoding neurons in the basal forebrain (BF). The laboratory combines multiple experimental approaches, including neuronal ensemble recording in behaving rats and mice, as well as behavioral, optogenetic, pharmacological and computational techniques. Our ultimate goal is to develop therapeutic interventions that can be used to alleviate impairments in attention control in conditions such as aging, schizophrenia and ADHD.

Contact Us

Institute of Neuroscience
National Yang-Ming University
Library, Info & Research Bldg, Rm 5​14​
#155, Sec 2, Li-Nong St, Beitou District
Taipei City, 112, Taiwan

Phone: +886-2-2826-7165 

Join Us

We are recruiting Postdocs, PhD and Master's students, and research assistants. Highly motivated individuals with interests in neural circuitry analysis, decision making, attention, event-related potential, or multi-electrode recording are especially encouraged to apply.