Research description – Publications
My research addresses the question of how functional maps are organized and develop in the primary visual cortex of mammals in normal or pathological conditions of vision.
– Characterization of functional maps organization
Functional maps are characterized with optical imaging techniques (intrinsic signals or voltage-sensitive) and electrophysiology. A particular focus is given to their organization and their interrelationships in order to understand how they subtend visual perception.
– Development of functional maps
In order to understand the role of visual experience in shaping functional maps, these are recorded during development, or in pathological conditions of vision (blindness, strabismus, orientation deprivation..)
– Neural networks that subtend functional maps
The functional networks subtending these maps are characterized with dye injection combined with optical imaging or electrophysiology, or are inferred through mathematical models.