Linking Perception to Action: Michael Goard maps brain cell activity in mice during the delay between sensation and action
MCDB professor Michael Goard and his colleagues studying how the brain uses perception of the environment to guide action are working with mice to map the neural circuits responsible for transforming sensation into movement. In a new paper, published in the journal eLife, Goard and colleagues make progress in mapping brain activity in mice during simple but fundamental cognitive tasks. Although a mouse’s brain is much smaller than a human’s, remarkable structural similarities exist. The mouse brain is composed of about 75 million nerve cells or neurons, which are wired together in complex networks that underlie sophisticated behaviors.