The brain is the most complex device known in the universe. Elucidating how the brain works is one of the most important questions in science. Yet, little is known about how the brain truly processes information, how it generates percepts, motor actions and thoughts.
Working in a young scientific field can be difficult but also extremely exciting and rewarding — it is relatively easy to ask very interesting questions about brain function nobody has a an answer to.
We study how vision works. How is that the brain appears to parse the activity of millions of photoreceptors in the eye effortlessly to yield a perceptual collection of objects and a description of their relationships? In particular, we are insisted in how the cortex works, its organization and function.
Knowing how the brain works is critical if we want to understand how it malfunctions in disease, and how we can develop new therapies and cures for disorders of the central nervous system.