Architecture and dynamics of cognitive control

The Jazayeri lab aims to understand the building blocks of cognition. The brain has a remarkable ability to generate complex behaviors by combining sensory evidence, prior experience, and cost-benefit considerations. Jazayeri’s research probes the neural mechanisms that allow the brain to integrate this plethora of cues, resulting in flexible, goal-directed behavior. The lab makes this problem accessible by breaking it down into three fundamental objectives: 1) parsing cognition into a set of simple and generalizable computational modules, 2) discovering neural circuits and mechanisms that implement those modules, and 3) understanding how the nervous system synthesizes those modules to flexibly control cognitive behaviors. To address these objectives, Jazayeri and his lab combine behavioral experiments in humans with in vivo experiments in animal models and in silico experiments in artificial neural network models.