Jean-Marc Fellous

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Professor, Cognition/Neural Systems
Director, Computational and Experimental Laboratory
Degree(s): 

B.S. 1988, Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs de Marseille, Marseille, France. M.S. 1990, Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition - Paris VI University, Paris, France. Ph.D. 1996, Computer Science - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Research Interests: 
  • Investigating the Neural Mechanisms of the Experience and Expression of Emotions
  • Studying the Neural Bases of Sleep and Memory
  • Investigating the Neural Correlates of Spatial Navigation in Complex Environments
  • Using Computational Neuroscience and Modeling to Understand Complex Brain Mechanisms

Our current research interests are the manner in which the processes involved in learning and memory consolidation depend on sleep and emotions; the neural substrates of PTSD; and the neural substrate of empathy. Our focus is on the role of substances called neuromodulators (e.g. acetylcholine, dopamine). We use a multi-disciplinary approach that includes in vitro and in vivo neurophysiology in rats, psychophysical tests in humans and computational models in computers. In collaboration with others, we also are interested in how knowledge about the brain can help in the building of better robots.

Courses Taught: 

Psychology 302: Biopsychology
Psychology 4/596L: Introduction to Neural Data Analyses
Psychology 4/503c: Computational Neuroscience

Projects: 
Areas of Study: 

Neuroscience of emotion, learning and memory. Neurophysiology in vitro and in vivo in the rodent. Face recognition. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Cognitive Robotics.Computational Neuroscience.

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