Celine Cammarata, B.Sc.

Graduate Student in Cognitive Neuroscience

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Attention and Plasticity

Research Description

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My current research focuses on the neurochemistry of attention and plasticity and how these processes are influenced by factors including body state. Specifically, I am using a rat model to explore how the neuromodulator acetylcholine underlies various forms of attention and cognitive flexibility, and whether peripheral activity can support this function. This work synergizes with ongoing human subject experiments in the lab, providing a translational framework for combining a neural physiological understanding of this system with human behavior and the possibility of developing interventions to foster cognitive flexibility.