In the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, in the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo — SUNY, we explore how the brain's wiring shapes how we think and talk about things in a way that makes us uniquely human.
Each of your senses has its own specialized center in the brain. How these centers communicate with one another depends on the pathways of neural connections between them. Mapping the connections between all the brain's neurons is a huge challenge. Though we're still a long way off, our work uses machine learning to discover connections between brain regions from patterns of activity in fMRI data.
A complete understanding of how various systems communicate with one another lets us predict or better identify the sorts of problems that might arise from a particular pattern of brain connectivity (e.g., after a stroke), and could lead to novel therapies designed to target these connections.