Timothy Buschman is an associate professor at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2008 for his work with Earl Miller before joining the labs of Christopher Moore and Ed Boyden as a postdoctoral fellow at MIT.
The goal of Buschman’s lab is to understand how cognition arises from the dynamic interaction of networks of neurons. Their research has provided insight into several key components of cognition, including how the brain focuses attention, how it holds things ‘in mind’ in working memory and how it flexibly changes from one behavior to the next.
To study these questions, the Buschman lab uses a cross-disciplinary approach that combines the complementary strengths of large-scale recording techniques in monkeys and optical imaging and optogenetics in mice. This combination of techniques allows them to construct detailed, mechanistic explanations of cognitive phenomenon, providing the basis for new insight into their dysfunction in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions such as autism, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder.