Mehrdad Jazayeri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and an Investigator of the McGovern Institute of Brain Research. He earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 2007 where he won the Dean's award for the most outstanding dissertation in the university. Subsequently, he received a prestigious Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship to do his postdoctoral training at the University of Washington.
Dr. Jazayeri’s research explores the neural mechanisms that underlie time perception, deliberation and probabilistic reasoning across scales, from individual neurons to neural circuits and behavior. His research employs multiple techniques including human psychophysics, computational modeling and neurophysiology. His most recent work combines electrophysiology with optogenetics in order to analyze neural function in the primate brain. Dr. Jazayeri's current research is focused on the mechanisms that enable the brain to process information probabilistically on a flexible time scale, mental capacities that are crucial for cognitive functions such as anticipation, inferring causes, and sequencing thoughts and actions.
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