The cerebral cortex endows us with the capacity to perform complex biological processes such as the subjective representation and interpretation of the world, encoding and retrieval of emotionally coloured memories, understanding and empathizing with other individuals, and scientifically investigating the universe including the brain.
Our scientific investigations indicate that time is the key metric to all cortical operations. Temporal demands drive selection for computational sophistication and also drive the evolution of neuronal diversity. As a result the cerebral cortex of mammals has an enormous diversity of cells operating in intricate circuits.
We aim to determine how such spatio-temporal network operations in the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex enable complex cognitive processes including learning and decision making.