The CPL is an interdepartmental neuroscience research laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Work in our lab centers around questions about neural coding, neuromodulation, and the neural bases of learning and memory processes, and is mostly based in the olfactory systems of rats and mice. We use whatever technical methods and tools necessary to answer our questions of interest, though our primary approach is to triangulate on these questions using concerted electrophysiological, behavioral, and computational methods.
As a theoretical neuroscience lab, we develop and make substantial use of theoretical and computational models at multiple levels of analysis to interpret and guide our experimental work. Approaches pioneered in the CPL include the use of sequentially similar odorant stimuli to study how the “sizes and shapes” of odors are constructed and learned, and the non-topographical contrast enhancement theory of OB circuitry, which illustrates how canonical neural computations can be performed in the absence of any ordered topographical mapping of odor qualities within the brain. We also are the developers of the Myriad neuronal/network simulator.
The lab has two principal investigators and is associated with the departments of Psychology and Neurobiology & Behavior at Cornell. We also are affiliated with the graduate fields of Neurobiology & Behavior, Psychology, Computational Biology, and Biomedical Engineering.