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For our ancient ancestors learning was necessary for survival. Will these berries make me ill? Which birdcalls announce the approach of a tiger? Millennia have passed, but to be a successful, or at least an adequate human, we still need learn about the world. Even trivial tasks such as calling the elevator require learning – making a mental connection between two events separate in time. How is the brain able to create these connections, which can happen either seconds, minutes, or even hours apart? Are there neural clocks ticking away somewhere inside our brains drawing invisible lines between cause and effect?  

 

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Main Interests

How the brain learns to do and when to do it

Methods

Behaviour, Neurobiology, Molecular biology and Mathematical modelling

Models and Regions

Rodents, Basal Ganglia, Thalamus, Frontal areas of Cerebral Cortex

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AFFILIATION

Champalimaud Foundation

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal

T (+351) 210 480 200

joe.paton(at)research.fchampalimaud.org

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