Lines of investigation
Our laboratory’s research interests are focused mainly on the design principles that govern the structure and function of neural circuits, how these circuits integrate information efficiently and how this information is used to form judgments and make decisions.
We combine an empirical approach with modelling to investigate a broad range of phenomena: from the tradeoff between accuracy and energy consumption in the early sensory pathways to the processes by which reasoning, intuition and affective social factors influence beliefs, judgments and choices.
Our ultimate goal is to find canonical principles by which the brain processes information of any kind and ways to use these principles to guide the development of novel information and communication technologies and a new generation of robots and automatas (self-driving cars, space travel-long distant communication, drones, etc.) capable of making human-like decisions in complex scenarios.
- A Retino-retinal Projection Guided by Unc5c Emerged in Species with Retinal Waves Murcia-Belmonte V, Coca Y, Vegar C, Negueruela S, de Juan Romero C, Valiño AJ, Sala S, DaSilva R, Kania A, Borrell V, Martinez LM, Erskine L, Herrera E Current Biology 2019 29(7):1149 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.052
- How Inhibitory Circuits in the Thalamus Serve Vision Hirsch JA, Wang X, Sommer FT, Martinez LM Annu Rev Neurosci 2015 38:309 https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-neuro-071013-014229
- Statistical Wiring of Thalamic Receptive Fields Optimizes Spatial Sampling of the Retinal Image Martinez LM, Molano-Mazon M, Wang X, Sommer FT, Hirsch JA Neuron 2014 81(4):943 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2013.12.014
- Contact repulsion controls the dispersion and final distribution of Cajal-Retzius cells Villar-Cerviño V, Molano-Mazon M, Catchpole T, Valdeolmillos M, Henkemeyer M, Martinez LM, Borrell V, Marin O Neuron 2013 77(3):457 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2012.11.023