The Peters Lab is in the University of Oxford Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics
The brain exists to facilitate interaction with the world. A critical part of this function, which mammals are particularly good at, is learning when and how to move. Our lab is interested in understanding the neural activity underlying this process. Specifically, we focus on the cortex-basal ganglia-thalamus circuit, and investigate how these structures work together to learn and execute behavior.
Our research combines simple learned behaviors in mice with the full modern toolbox of systems neuroscience to record and manipulate neural activity. Our goal is to uncover fundamental principles about how activity flows between brain areas, changes with learning, and drives behavior.