Jupiter-based neuroscientist aims to unlock mysteries of the brain

JUPITER — When neuroscientist Hidehiko Inagaki looks at seemingly mundane behaviors, his own brain fills with complex questions.

Why, for instance, does the same sandwich or slice of pizza, seen by the same person, provoke wildly different reactions depending on the situation?

“Our behaviors heavily depend on information internal to the brain, which we call internal states,” Inagaki says. “For example, even when we look at the same food, depending on how hungry we are, our response can be totally different.”

Inagaki last year joined the Max Planck Florida Institute as a research group leader studying neural dynamics and cognitive functions. He aims to demystify the brain functions underlying decision making and time perception.