At the Spatial Neuroscience lab, we study human path integration, spatial memory, and large-scale navigation in complex environments. Our lab conducts experiments using both fully immersive virtual reality (at our CAVERN (Center for Ambulatory Virtual…

For any new Alzheimer’s disease drug to achieve FDA approval and widespread clinical use, it must be tested in human beings and demonstrated as both safe and efficacious. Studies to test the safety and efficacy…

The nicotinic cholinergic system is one of the major modulatory neurotransmitter systems in the brain and has been implicated in learning, memory formation, and drug addiction. My laboratory provides an integrated environment that combines molecular…

Long-term memory storage is an essential process to human life. Without long-term memory, we would not be able to remember our pasts, interpret our present, or predict our future. We would have little personal identity,…

Empirical studies of human information processing, visual memory systems, attention, visual perception.Mathematical, computational, and neural models of vision, attention, and short-term memory.

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Dr. Stark’s research investigates the neural bases of human long-term memory. He uses multiple forms of MRI imaging (functional, structural, diffusion, and spectroscopy) in conjunction with experimental psychology and studies of aging and dementia to…

Neural functions rely on highly ordered circuit assembly during development. In the central auditory system, these connections must be very precise to allow for the fast and reliable processing needed in auditory perception. Our laboratory…

Since starting my own lab in 2011, I have focused on microglia, the immune cell of the brain. We discovered that microglia in the adult brain are dependent upon signaling through the colony-stimulating factor 1…

Research interest: Neocortical structure, function and plasticity at the large neuronal ensembles level: from basic to pre-clinical research.

Neocortex, believed by Neuroscientists to be the hallmark of brain evolution, is still poorly understood and therefore constitutes…

My laboratory studies the cellular, molecular, and activity-dependent processes that guide neural circuit formation and synaptogenesis in the intact central nervous system. The approach that we use is to combine early embryological, molecular, and behavioral…