"Body language says it all: how to read the mind of a mouse using a $100 camera and a little math"
How do you adapt your behavior in a dynamically changing world? The goal of the Datta laboratory is to address a core problem in neuroscience: how information is coupled to behavioral centers and meaningfully encoded in the brain, and which brain circuits are conveying that information. Using 3D machine vision with unsupervised machine learning, we can characterize mouse behavior in terms of its component parts, identifying subtle differences in the pattern of motor output under different experimental conditions. Combining this method with in vivo imaging of neural circuits, we have developed a behavioral analysis technique that will provide direct insights into the relationship between neural circuit activity and patterns of action.