Neuronal circuits of associative learning

Neurocentre Magendie

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Our research is focused on the identification of the neuronal circuits and mechanisms mediating aversive associative learning. Using a combination of state of the art, behavioral, single unit and local field potential recordings, optogenetic and anatomical tracing we aim to decipher the specific neuronal elements, circuits and mechanisms involved in the control of fear behavior and to understand how alteration in such circuits promotes the development of pathological fear behavior.

Innovative techniques: in vivo single unit and local field potential recordings, viral tracing approaches, optogenetic, associative behavior.

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Personnel(s) de recherche

Cyril Dejean (Researcher)
Pierre Meyrand (Researcher)
Thomas Bienvenu (Personnel hospitalier)
Thomas Stefanelli (Visiting scientist)


Personnel(s) technique

Delphine Girard
Tom Broyer


Post-doctorant(s)

Mario Martin-Fernandez


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