The University of Glasgow has more than 2,000 active researchers and 75% of academic staff contributes to subjects where the majority of research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. The University is a member of the Russell Group of major research-led universities. The Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology comprises a vibrant research community of international, cross-disciplinary research teams who publish in the highest impact journals. The Institute works to understand behaviour at multiple levels of function, from systems to cells, and has a strong backbone in the dynamics of information processing in cortical networks. It receives major funding from UK research councils (ESRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC) and charities (the Wellcome Trust), with a translational excellence that attracts funding from industry.
The Laboratory of Cortical Information Processing (led by S. Panzeri) investigates how populations of neurons in sensory structures (visual, auditory and tactile) encode and exchange information. The (‟Information Theory) for the analysis of time series of neural recordings from multiple locations. The algorithms are designed to determine which neural pathways or network nodes provide information relevant for perception or behaviour, what information they carry, and when and how they exchange information. The laboratory also constructs and uses models of recurrent networks of spiking neurons with the aim of deriving simple coding rules describing the transformation between the dynamics of natural stimuli and that of neural network responses.