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MICHELE A.

BASSO: RESEARCH AND PROJECTS OF THE FUSTER LABORATORY


By Michele A. Basso

Introduction

Behavioral neuroscientist Michele A. Basso, Ph.D., of the Los Angeles area directs research and operations at the Fuster Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. An award-winning researcher and educator, Dr. Michele Basso continued her research on saccadic eye movements when she joined the Fuster Laboratory in 2012. Today, she studies Parkinsons disease at the research facility using a multi-year grant from the Dana Foundation.

Fuster Laboratory

The scientists at the Fuster Laboratory study how single neurons and groups of neurons discharge to affect how humans feel, think, and make decisions. They seek answers on why and how neurons influence behavioral choices and how this understanding will help address neurological and psychiatric diseases, such as Parkinsons and schizophrenia.

Conclusion

At the Fuster Laboratory, Dr. Michele Basso and her team focus on two different areas of ongoing research in particular. The first examines how the basal ganglia and the superior colliculus work together to influence cognitive processes and decision-making. The second focus studies the cellular changes that occur during cognition. In both instances, they collaborate with scientists from several related fields of study, including neurology and neuropsychology.