Our research seeks to elucidate the neocortical mechanisms underlying natural behavior. As with all species, humans have evolved neural mechanisms that enable individuals to effectively navigate their social and ecological landscapes. These landscapes are inherently noisy, comprising features and events that vary along multiple dimensions. Rather than incapacitate neural processes, our brain is able to parse, encode and process meaningful and irrelevant information almost effortlessly. Our research philosophy is that significant insight into the neural mechanisms underlying our ability to navigate the complexities of the natural world can be made by studying neocortical processes in the context of a noisy, cluttered environment while individuals engage in their naturally occurring behaviors.