This proposal requests funding to initiate a new line of research in neuroscience. I have lots of experience both in research and in the production of educational materials (textbooks, software and educationally oriented papers) in the fields of statistical physics and complex systems using computational models. In this project I hope to use my skills to explore a brand new field, in which I only have a limited background. Computational neuroscience involves work at many different levels of specificity from those that include many biologically relevant details to others providing insight into general principles. As a physicist my work would tend toward the latter end of the spectrum. My major need is to have a better understanding of the underlying biological issues relevant to neural processing. I intend to use the summer of 2012 to gain that experience and initiate development of a computational neural network model in collaboration with a group at the University of Michigan. This work will make my later research more significant and publishable. In September of 2012, I plan on attending the conference Physics, Computation and the Mind in Granada, Spain, and then after that I will be on sabbatical during which I can use my new knowledge to improve collaboration with neuroscientists in the Boston area and continue work in neuroscience.