Austin Bruce


My research focuses on characterizing the roles of genetically-defined striatal circuits in executive control.  While the respective roles of striatal medium spiny neurons expressing either the dopamine receptors DRD1 or DRD2 have been extensively studied with respect to movement and reinforcement learning, their contributions to processes such as working memory and decision-making remain poorly understood.  My research aims to shrink these knowledge gaps utilizing a combination of cell-type specific in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics together with computational modelling.


Austin Bruce
Norman, OK
BA, Linguistics, University of Oklahoma - Norman
BA, Chinese, University of Oklahoma - Norman
MA, Cognitive Science, University College of Dublin of the National University of Ireland