Key Research Areas:
models of action selection in the basal ganglia
models of deep-brain-stimulation
predictive coding models of the cortex
In the future, as the models describing action selection in healthy brain are further refined, we hope that the methodology developed through our research can pave the way towards closed-loop deep-brain-stimulation that will act as “computational prostheses”. Namely, they would use the recorded neural activity to calculate the function computed by the healthy basal ganglia, and force the activity in the circuit to the desired normal level. It will minimize the cognitive side-effects produced by the traditional stimulation. Such technology could be generalized to other brain regions, and other intervention types, and help to restore functions impaired by conditions and diseases affecting them.