Stauffer Laboratory of Behavioral Neurophysiology

Society for Neuroscience 2022

The Stauffer Lab presented 4 posters at SfN this year!

Left to right: Tao Hong, Willa Kerkhoff, Kati Rothenhoefer & Aydin Alikaya. Not pictured: Jing He

Go deep, or go home...

Our lab specializes in how the brain gives rise to the mind. Specifically, we study neural circuits that respond to, and generate, aspects of our subjective mental narrative - including values, emotions, and decisions.

We are committed to achieving deep insights that span multiple 'levels of understanding' - from goals, to algorithms, to cell type specific implementations.

Research Areas




Representative Publications

Transcriptional and anatomical diversity of medium spiny neurons


Rare rewards amplify dopamine responses

Recent News

November 12-16, 2022: Aydin, Jing, Kati, Tao, and Willa present posters at SfN in San Diego.

October 14, 2022: Tao completed his second year milestone presentation.

August 2022: The lab had 4 posters accepted for SfN.

August 9, 2022: Ny joins the lab as a Research Technician.

June 1, 2022: Xiangting joins the lab as an Undergraduate Student Researcher.

May 20, 2022: Jordan joins the lab as a Research Technician.

May 16, 2022: Olivia B. joins the lab as an Undergraduate Student Researcher.

March 17, 2022: Bill and Tao attend the COSYNE conference.

We are dedicated to cultivating a diverse lab environment, and do not discriminate based on race or ethnicity, immigration status, sexuality or gender identity, socio-economic, or disability status.