Dr. Christiaan de Kock awarded Open Competition ENW-M grant

01 February 2022

Dr. Christiaan de Kock awarded Open Competition ENW-M-2 grant (700k€) to study multisensory processing in primary visual cortex.

Together with prof.dr. Cyriel Pennartz (SILS, UvA), an expert in electrophysiological recordings from large neuronal populations in behaving rodents, he will investigate which (identified) cell-types causally underlie multisensory behavior. This collaboration was initially launched with support from the Amsterdam Brain & Mind project and is now strengthened with the collaborative grant from NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek).

See, touch, feel! How does our brain combine different senses?
Our brain has specialized regions to encode information from our five main senses. To experience the world around us, senses need to be combined, but we do not yet understand how our brain performs this function. We will test the hypothesis that the cerebral cortex combines information already in areas specialized for a single sense. We will record brain activity in behaving animals performing a combined touch-vision task to understand how multisensory information is coded. Detailed understanding of the mechanisms operating at the level of cells and brain systems can provide clues to develop therapeutic treatments after brain damage.