How does an animal perceive a sensory stimulus? To address this question, the Kay Lab focuses on the neural basis of olfactory perception and how context and experience influence it.
Experiments involve both psychophysics and electrophysiology and concentrate on the olfactory and limbic systems. Behavioral studies examine the effects of odorant chemical structure, receptor biophysics and prior experience on olfactory sensation and perception.
Electrophysiological studies focus on system dynamics and oscillatory coupling within and between brain regions. Recordings are done at the level of the local field potential and single and multiple neurons.
Lab-managed website: kaylab.uchicago.edu