Learning and neural plasticity
Adaptive interactions with the environment depend on sophisticated brain plasticity mechanisms at multiple levels: from single neurons to large-scale brain networks.
Traditionally, the study of plasticity has been fragmented into sensory, motor or decision-related circuits. However, translating brain plasticity findings to brain repair requires an understanding of the interactions between these circuits.
Our aim is to integrate this study of learning and plasticity to promote wellbeing and advance healthcare interventions. We take a multidisciplinary approach, synthesising methods from physiology, cellular neurobiology, pharmacology, brain imaging, behavioural science and computational modelling to reveal plasticity at multiple scales (cellular, structural and functional).
We will test how learning modifies sensory representations, perceptual decisions and motor outputs. Further, we will examine brain reorganisation and long-term plasticity in cases of congenital or acquired sensory and motor deficits.
Who are we?
The European Community Seventh Framework Initial Training Network “Adaptive Brain Computations” (ABC) is a multi-disciplinary research and training programme which aims to integrate the study of learning and brain plasticity to promote wellbeing and advance healthcare interventions. The network takes a multidisciplinary approach, synthesising methods from brain imaging, behavioural science, physiology, and computational modelling to understand brain plasticity.
Adaptive Brain Computations(ABC) is an Initial Training Network funded by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme.