Computational neuroscience employs mathematical models to explain how the computations in neural circuits give rise to behaviour.
Computational and theoretical neuroscience is a cross-disciplinary and thus cross-departmental effort at the University of Oxford. Within the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, researchers apply computational techniques to understand the brain in health and disease. We are particularly interested in understanding how neural circuits support learning, decision making, and inference about the environment on the basis of sensory input. The computational models of these processes are used to generate predictions that are subsequently tested using a range of techniques.
Researchers are also developing novel methods for the analysis of complex data from imaging and electrophysiological experiments, and investigating the origins of pathological dynamics in neurological disorders.