1. Neuronal processes underlying memory and learning in behaving mammals. Neuronal substrates for appetitive and exploratory behaviors.
  2. Role of cortical (prefrontal, premotor, motor, hippocampal), subcortical (striatum, amygdala, red nucleus, brainstem motor centers), and cerebellar structures in the acquisition of classical and instrumental learning tasks.
  3. Genesis and control of neuronal motor commands with special reference to facial and extraocular motor systems.
  4. Complete phenotyping procedures for mice and rats in parallel with EEG and field potential recording techniques
  5. Molecular and cellular basis of neuronal plasticity. Experiences provoke long-lasting alteration in neural function in order to allow the adaptation of animals to their ever-changing environment. In this regard, we are interested in discover cellular and molecular mechanisms related with long-lasting neural plasticity.