Basso, Michele A.
Professor, Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Brain Research Institute
Mailing Address:635 Charles Young Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Dr. Michele A. Basso is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Neurobiology. She studied Neuroscience at Stony Brook University in NY and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Eye Institute, NIH. After serving as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she moved to UCLA to join the faculty and direct the Fuster Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience. The work performed in her laboratory is aimed at unravelling the neuronal circuits of decision-making in health and disease. Her work spans multiple species and employs multiple technologies designed to understand how memory and sensory information are combined to give rise to our decisions.
The neuronal circuits of decision-making
When sensory information is ambiguous, we must rely on other evidence, such as our memories for similar past experiences, to guide our choices of action. Dr. Basso's work is aimed at understanding how the brain combines memory and sensory information to guide decisions and how these processes are impaired in diseases.