Our long-term goal is to understand the cerebellar contribution to cognitive and affective processes. In pursuit of this goal, we combine neurophysiology, pharmacology and optogenetics in animals performing behavioral tasks to dissect cerebellar neural circuitry. We study the potential for cerebellar stimulation to rescue cognitive impairments and mood in humans using EEG but also in animals with pharmacologically- and genetically-induced phenotypes of disease. Dr. Parker's training in psychology, systems neurophysiology, and clinical psychiatry allows us to target the cerebellum for novel treatments of diseases involving cognitive and affective dysfunction.


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