Schmid lab

Research statement
Work in the Schmid lab is centered on investigating the fundamental brain principles that lead to visual perception. We are particularly interested in understanding how visibility arises from the communication of neurons in different brain areas, how processes that occur during attention might support it and how it is affected after neural injury. Our aim is to describe these functions with a specific focus on the thalamus, one of the brain’s major relay systems. To delineate the dynamics by which thalamus and cortex interact with each other we combine parallel electrophysiological recording methods in the mammalian brain with  complementary techniques ranging from psychophysics and fMRI to pharmacology and optogenetics.