Current projects:

Innate coding of social and fear-related emotions
The ability to detect and avoid danger in the environment and recognize emotional signals of conspecifics undoubtedly has survival value. We examine the neuronal responses to biologically critical visual stimuli in primates in brain regions involved in subconscious recognition and emotional behavior

Methods: single cell recording

Recent publications: Dinh et al. Cereb Cortex 2017;  Le et al. Sci Rep. 2016;, Nguyen et al. Front. Neurosci. 2016; Le et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2013

Place cells, spatial memory and navigation
This study aims to clarify route processing and the connection between episodic and spatial memory by recording place cell activity in the hippocampus during virtual reality navigation.

Methods: single cell recording, 3D virtual reality.

Recent publications:  Furuya et al. Hippocampus  2014

Neural mechanisms of non-verbal communication
By analyzing emotional expression and gazing we intend to understand how humans and animals detect non-verbal information and how they respond appropriately to it.

Methods: EEG, single cell recording, 3D video based behavior analysis.

Neural mechanisms of sequential learning and recognition
Through sound-sequence discrimination tasks, we analyze sequential rules of sensory inputs in conscious or unconscious states in order to identify mismatches between memory and sensory inputs.

Methods: EEG, dipoles-tracing.

Neuronal substrates for sensation, movement, attention, emotion and learning
To unravel the role of in monitoring behavioral and sensory events, neuronal activity is recorded during visual and/or auditory stimulation tasks with or without reward association.

Methods: single cell recording, intra-cranial self-stimulation.

Recent publications: de Araujo MF et al. Behav Brain Res. 2015

Identifying biological markers for sleep quality and fatigue
Using EEG and facial imaging system, we are looking for biological markers for sleep disturbance and fatigue. By doing so, we aim to develop diagnostic tools that will help monitoring the health condition of people working hard for our society, especially shift workers including nurses.

Methods: EEG, ECG, infrared thermography

Effects of dioxins on brain development in infants
Analyzing the effects of perinatal dioxin exposure by following up mother-infant pairs living in dioxin contaminated areas we hope to find associations between childhood EEG parameters and neurodevelopment that could help better understand the effects of dioxin in brain development.

Methods: EEG, Child Growth Standards, breast milk analysis, neurodevelopmental testing