Cognitive Axon (CoAx) Research Areas
Brain Network Architecture and Cognition
Form and function are intimately linked in the brain: the computation of a neural circuit is constrained by its architecture. We study how the organization of cortical and subcortical networks impacts neural computation.
Statistical Properties of Skill Learning
The ability to perform complex skills usually requires learning to bind many individual actions into a single, unified movement. How does the brain learn this action binding? What are the timescales at which this binding occurs?
Response Planning and Stopping
Selecting actions occurs through both proactive means and reactive means. How does context influence the way we plan our actions? Are there different neural systems and cognitive strategies for proactive versus reactive planning (or stopping)?
In many ways how we make decisions can impact our physical health. Our physical health can also impact the brain and cognition. Are there neural phenotypes for health behaviors and health risks? How do changes in physical health impact neural decision making systems?
Yeh F.C., Badre D., Verstynen T.
K. Dunovan, B. Lynch, T. Molesworth, T. Verstynen
J. Neuroscience 2015
Converging structural and functional connectivity of orbitofrontal, dorsolateral prefrontal, and posterior parietal cortex in the human striatum
K. Jarbo, T. Verstynen