Andrew Wikenheiser


Assistant Professor
Ph.D.: University of Minnesota
Primary Area: Behavioral Neuroscience
Address: 8566 Pritzker Hall
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Our lab studies how neural representations support behaviors like decision making. We approach this question by recording the electrical activity of neurons as rats perform behavioral tasks. Electrophysiological techniques are augmented with optogenetics and computational analyses. Current projects are exploring how interactions between the hippocampus and the orbitofrontal cortex support decision making, the encoding of spatial goals, and the formation of neural representations for abstract stimulus spaces.

Representative Publications:

Suppression of ventral hippocampal output impairs integrated orbitofrontal encoding of task structure AM Wikenheiser, Y Marrero-Garcia, G Schoenbaum Neuron. 95(5), 1197–1207.e3. (2017) Over the river, through the woods: cognitive maps in the hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex AM Wikenheiser, G Schoenbaum Nature Reviews Neuroscience 17(8): 513-523. (2016) Hippocampal theta sequences reflect current goals AM Wikenheiser, AD Redish Nature Neuroscience. 18, 289–294. (2015) Decoding the cognitive map: ensemble hippocampal sequences and decision making AM Wikenheiser, AD Redish Current Opinion in Neurobiology 32: 8-15. (2015)

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