How does the brain interact with the world?

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function seeks to better understand how the brain interacts with the world by focusing on the brain’s intricate structure and functions that underlie attention, prediction and decision-making.

To achieve this goal, we are facilitating collaborations amongst Australia’s leading brain researchers in the fields of brain anatomy and physiology, neuronal networks, neural circuits, brain systems, human behaviour and neurotechnologies.

Our research crosses four inter-connected themes:

  1. Cells and Synapses
  2. Neural Circuits
  3. Brain Systems
  4. Models and Technologies

We support projects that integrate research activities across two or more of our research themes, with a particular emphasis on the integration of experimental results with theoretical models of the brain.

Bringing together brain research leaders

Collaborations between our researchers are targeted and driven. We support projects that integrate research activities across two or more of our research themes, with a particular emphasis on the integration of experimental results with theoretical models of the brain.

Recent research highlights include discovering:

  • the brain’s ability to detect subtle irregularities in the environment when attention is focused elsewhere
  • highly connected brain regions that send and receive large volumes of messages share similar patterns of gene activity
  • how the parahippocampal cortex performs both recognition of visual scenes and assigns context to objects, with each function having its own sub-region
  • the development of a new 3D imaging method to trace individual nerve cell projections between the brain and spinal cord of mice.