Our laboratory studies olfactory perception in rodents as it
is affected by wiring (anatomy and biophysics of the olfactory
receptors and olfactory bulb) and learning, experience and
context. We use chronic recording of neural activity in laboratory
rats and mice (single unit, multi-unit and local field potential)
from many areas of the olfactory and limbic systems, including
the olfactory bulb, pyriform cortex, entorhinal cortex, hippocampus
and amygdala. Our recordings are done during execution of operant
and other behavioral tasks. Some experiments also address odor
psychophysics and the influence of respiratory behavior upon
central and peripheral mechanisms.
Further information on Leslie Kay's research.