The main aim of the Priority Program is to elucidate how neuronal activity causes specific behavioral abilities. We want to exploit the powerful recent technical development to monitor, manipulate and understand information processing from single neurons, microcircuits and large-scale neuronal networks to sensory-motor and cognitive behavior. Specifically, we aim at:
(i) assessing the role of different neuronal populations during corresponding information processing and characterizing their downstream interactions and functional readout;
(ii) elucidating the mechanisms by which network activity encodes sensory, multisensory, motor and cognitive abilities;
(iii) dissecting the role of microcircuits for the development of adult cortical maps;
(iv) investigating the processing of information from an integrative perspective and studying its control by top-down processes, such as attention.