Amin Zandvakili

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Neuronal responses are correlated on a range of timescales. Correlations can affect population coding and may play an important role in cortical function. Correlations are known to depend on stimulus drive, behavioral context, and experience, but the mechanisms that determine their properties are poorly understood. Here we make use of the laminar(More)
Neural activity in cortex is correlated, an observation that has traditionally been attributed to neurons receiving input from a shared and limited presynaptic pool. Recent studies have shown that correlations are also strongly influenced by network fluctuations that operate over a range of spatial and temporal scales, extending in some cases across(More)
How interactions between neurons relate to tuned neural responses is a longstanding question in systems neuroscience. Here we use statistical modeling and simultaneous multi-electrode recordings to explore the relationship between these interactions and tuning curves in six different brain areas. We find that, in most cases, functional interactions between(More)
In this study, we investigated the effect of attention on local motion detectors. For this purpose we used logarithmic spirals previously used by Cavanagh and Favreau [Perception, 1980, 9(2), 175-182]. While the adapting stimulus was a rotating logarithmic spiral, the test stimulus was either the same spiral or its mirror image. When superimposed, all(More)
Developments in neural recording technology are rapidly enabling the recording of populations of neurons in multiple brain areas simultaneously, as well as the identification of the types of neurons being recorded (e.g., excitatory vs. inhibitory). There is a growing need for statistical methods to study the interaction among multiple, labeled populations(More)
We propose a dimensionality reduction method to identify linear projections that capture interactions between two or more sets of variables. The method, distance covariance analysis (DCA), can detect both linear and nonlinear relationships, and can take dependent variables into account. On previous testbeds and a new testbed that systematically assesses the(More)
When a global moving pattern is superimposed on high-contrast stationary or slowly moving stimuli, the latter occasionally disappear for periods of several seconds (motion-induced blindness, MIB). Here, an adaptation paradigm was used to determine if orientation-selective adaptation still occurs for the stimulus that is no longer visible. Two slowly(More)
Previous research has suggested that Parkinson's disease (PD) impairs motion perception. First-order motion consists of moving luminance-defined attributes. Second-order motion, on the other hand, consists of moving patterns whose motion attributes are not luminance-defined. The detection of first and second-order motion is thought to be mediated by(More)
37 38 Neuronal responses are correlated on a range of timescales. Correlations can affect 39 population coding and may play an important role in cortical function. Correlations are 40 known to depend on stimulus drive, behavioral context, and experience, but the 41 mechanisms that determine their properties are poorly understood. Here we make use of 42 the(More)
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