The advent of optical stimulation techniques has enabled simultaneous stimulation and recording paradigms. By recording electrically and stimulating optically, we are able to ‘close the loop’ by controlling the light stimulus to achieve an arbitrary target state. The development of this closed-loop technology enables causal investigation of otherwise intertwined neural circuit variables. In the first demonstration of this work, a PI controller was used to lock the firing rate of a single neuron to stationary targets (Newman et al. 2015). We have continued to develop these techniques for implementation in the thalamocortical circuit.
J. P. Newman, M. Fong, D. C. Millard, C. J. Whitmire, G. B. Stanley, S. M. Potter, Optogenetic feedback control of neuronal firing, eLife, 2015. PDF