David J. Freedman, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
The University of Chicago
5812 S. Ellis Ave. MC0912, P-419
Chicago, IL 60637
Lab: (773) 834-5198


A Computational Cognitive and Visual Neuroscience Laboratory

PI: David J. Freedman, Ph.D.

Through experience, we learn to interpret the sights and sounds around us and to make decisions that move us closer to achieving our goals. Our ability to learn from and adapt to our ever changing environment is a foundation of complex behavior, as it allows us to make sense of incoming sensory stimuli and to plan successful actions. To study these questions, our laboratory uses advanced neurophysiological and behavioral techniques, in parallel with machine learning approaches for studying cognitive computations in artificial neural networks.  Together, our work is providing insights into the brain mechanisms of visual learning, recognition and decision making.

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June 2019
Our latest paper is in press at Science! Postdoc Yang Zhou shows that posterior parietal cortex plays a causal role in perceptual and categorical decisions.

April 2019
Nick Masse’s new paper on mechanisms of activity-silent working memory is in press at Nature Neuroscience!

December 2018
Congrats to postdoc Christopher Hauser on a fantastic score on his Kirschstein NRSA proposal

September 2018
Our new paper from Nick Masse and Greg Grant in press at PNAS, revealing a novel strategy for alleviating catastrophic forgetting in artificial neural networks.

June 2018
FreedmanLab alum Guilhem Ibos named CNRS Faculty at Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone

April 2018
David Freedman named a Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow by the USA Department of Defense

January 2018
A review with Guilhem Ibos in Neuron on spatial and cognitive functions of parietal cortex

January 2018
Congrats to graduate student Jeff Johnston on his predoctoral Kirschstein NRSA!