Neural mechanisms of behavioural control

Year of award: 2014


  • Prof Timothy Behrens

    University of Oxford

Project summary

Tim is interested in the neural mechanisms that control behaviour: how features of the world are represented in our brains; how these representations change during learning; and how they constrain behaviour. Such questions are difficult because they require access to complex patterns of neuronal activity which are difficult to obtain in humans, but also because of the rich behavioural repertoire that is difficult to study in animal models. Therefore, a major goal of the Fellowship is to develop sophisticated imaging techniques and computational analyses to get closer to human neuronal codes, and to validate and compare these against neuronal codes measured in animal models.