Hugh (Tad) Blair is a Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience in the UCLA Psychology Department. His research investigates the neural basis of memory and behavior, with special emphasis on brain mechanisms underlying spatial navigation. He has over 25 years of experience in recording electrophysiological activity from large populations of neurons in the hippocampus, amygdala, and neocortex of the mammalian brain. The broad goal of his experimental and theoretical work is to decipher how information is encoded and processed by biological neural networks, and to understand how these networks control behavior. He is also an experienced computer programmer (with a master’s degree in computer science), and collaborates with engineers and computer scientists to develop new technologies for recording and manipulating neural activity in the brain.