Experience dependent plasticity of perception
My name is Dr. Christopher Jernigan. I am a neuroethologist and currently a postdoctoral associate in Mike Sheehan's lab in the department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. My research focuses on how experience shapes the way animals respond to the world around them, and seeks to better understand why animal A may respond differently than animal B to a given stimulus. I employ a large number of techniques primarily working with social insects to explore how experience affects both olfactory and visual perception. In future work I plan to continue to explore how these two senses are integrated and ultimately understand the mechanisms that lead to these divergent decision points between animals.