Graduate Training in Neuroscience
University of Washington
Farrel R. Robinson
Professor, Department of Biological Structure
The goal of my research is to understand the cerebellum does and how it does it. The cerebellum affects every movement. To study the cerebellum I use three techniques. 1) I record the activity of single eye movement-related neurons in the cerebellums of alert monkeys while they make eye movements. 2) I measure movement abnormalities caused by small, temporary lesions of the cerebellum. And 3) I trace the anatomical connections between the cerebellum to the rest of the brain. Together these approaches provide an increasing clear picture of how the cerebellum processes the inputs it receives to improve movements.