The goal of our research is to uncover how the brain identifies the objects we see—a process critical for informing our decisions and guiding our actions. In pursuit of this goal, we study how neurons in the cerebral cortex analyze the shape of visual objects—information that enables us to identify objects correctly and to interact with them appropriately. To furnish new mechanistic insights, we leverage viral vector-based optogenetic tools for dissecting primate cortical circuits.

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