The goals of Silver's laboratory's research are to understand how the brain constructs representations of the environment and how these representations are modified by cognitive processes such as attention, expectation, and learning. They address these questions by applying a combination of behavioral, brain imaging, electrophysiological, modeling, and pharmacological techniques to the study of healthy human participants as well as patients who suffer from diseases that affect perceptual processing.
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New research by neuroscientists at UC Berkeley, suggests that the human brain is not detail-oriented, but opts for the big picture when it comes to hearing.
Research on a drug commonly prescribed to Alzheimer's disease patients is helping neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, better understand perceptual learning in healthy adults.