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Neuroscience PhD at Wake Forest University at Wake Forest University


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Joost Maier, PhD

Joost Maier, PhD
I am interested in understanding how sensory processing mediates behavior in the natural world. My approach to this issue involves: 1) Probing the brain with naturalistic multisensory stimuli; 2) Monitoring and manipulating neural activity in multiple sensory systems simultaneously; and 3) Detailed measurement of behavioral variables as animals interact freely with the stimuli in their environment. Current work in my lab uses large-scale electrophysiology and optogenetics in behaving rats to investigate how interactions between the taste and smell systems drive flavor preference and food choice behavior.   Maier Lab