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Abigail Benn

BSc (hons), MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

My research interests involve understanding fundamental neurobiological mechanisms of cognition.  My previous research was centred on the role of the prefrontal cortex in visuospatial attention, impulsivity, and recognition memory, using methodologies such as, behaviour (operant and non-operant), micro-stimulation, optogenetics, pharmacology, and imaging.   

My current research focuses on understanding the role of thalamo-cortical networks in higher cognitive functions.  Specifically this work investigates how network interactions between the mediodorsal thalamus and interconnected cortical structures, supports adaptive decision making and associative learning (and memory).  This is achieved through a multi-methodological approach involving behavioural training, electrophysiology, and MRI imaging techniques.