Using eye movements to probe brain function and dysfunction

Neuroscience and Cognition
16:00HRS
16Mar2017
Location
Green and Pink Lecture Hall, UMCU
Speaker
Prof Doug Munoz

Dr. Douglas P. Munoz

Centre for Neuroscience Studies
Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

http://brain.phgy.queensu.ca/doug/www/

Abstract
Saccadic eye movements redirect the high acuity fovea from one target of interest to another. This alternating behaviour of saccade - fixate is repeated several hundred thousand times a day and is critical for complex acts such as driving an automobile or preparing a meal. The saccadic system represents an excellent model system for exploring the voluntary control of behaviour for several reasons.  Extensive anatomical, physiological, clinical, and imaging studies have identified the brain areas involved in saccade control that include regions in the parietal and frontal cortices, basal ganglia, thalamus, superior colliculus, cerebellum, and brainstem.  The Munoz lab uses different oculomotor paradigms to investigate sensory, motor and cognitive processing in the brain of normal individuals and various neurological and psychiatric patient groups. The seminar will show how a translational approach that includes animal neurophysiology, human clinical studies, functional brain imaging and neurocomputation can reveal deep understanding of voluntary control of behaviour.

Short CV
Doug Munoz received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 1988 in Neurology and Neurosurgery followed by a Post-doctoral Fellow at McGill and subsequently at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. He came to Queen’s in 1991 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology.  He currently holds a position of Professor in the Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Medicine, and Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies.

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