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Sensory perception may appear like a straightforward process. The sensory stimulus is detected and its characteristics are passed “forward”. However, perception is shaped by numerous factors, ranging from our surroundings to our emotional state. For instance, the sound of approaching footsteps is perceived as safe when walking down a well-lit street but as dangerous when walking down a dark alley. Understanding how sound is transformed into a sensory experience requires studying all levels of resolution; from the molecular mechanisms to the organism’s behavior. To achieve this, we study brain activity and network connectivity while mice engage in auditory perceptual tasks. Our ultimate goal is to understand the link between auditory sensation and perception; and how changes in auditory perception can sometimes improve our daily decision-making, while other times, distort the neural representation of sensory stimuli, contributing to sensory and mental health disorders.

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