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Andrew Wikenheiser
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.,
University of Minnesota
Primary Area:
Learning and Behavior
Secondary Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Address:
5833 Life Sciences Building
Research and Teaching Interests:

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. 

Learn more at our lab website!

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)