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We study the circuits underlying cognitive control and flexibility.

Halassa Lab Featured in the Washington Post

Washington Post article titled, “A switchboard in the brain could unlock treatments for autism and schizophrenia” discusses how Michael Halassa and his research team at NYU studies nerve cells in thalamic reticular nucleus during sleep and how they help the brain...

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Optogenetics Controls Brain ‘Switchboard’ in Mice

Optogenetic techniques have been used to alter the attention spans of mice, helping to shed light on how the brain mediates internal thoughts and external distractions. A team from New York University’s Langone Medical Center focused on the thalamic reticular nucleus...

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Scientists Use Lasers to Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

Ever wonder why it’s hard to focus after a bad night’s sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study, partly funded by the National...

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Our Work is Reviewed in Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery news article titled “Drowsy Mice: Induced Spindling and Thalamic Bursting Studied via an Optogenetic Technique” discusses the effects of the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) on thalamocortical neurons. Michael Halassa, M.D. and researchers have now...

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