Calin I. Buia

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The response of a neuron in the visual cortex to stimuli of different contrast placed in its receptive field is commonly characterized using the contrast response curve. When attention is directed into the receptive field of a V4 neuron, its contrast response curve is shifted to lower contrast values (Reynolds et al., 2000). The neuron will thus be able to(More)
Receptive fields of neurons in cortical area V4 are large enough to fit multiple stimuli, making V4 the ideal place to study the effects of selective attention at the single-neuron level. Experiments have revealed evidence for stimulus competition and have characterized the effect thereon of spatial and feature-based attention. We developed a biophysical(More)
Many neurons in the visual cortex are orientation-selective, increase their firing rate with contrast and are modulated by attention. What is the cortical circuit that underlies these computations? We examine how synchrony can be modulated by the excitability of interneurons, in a model layer 4 network displaying contrast-invariant orientation-tuning. We(More)
The ability to covertly select visual stimuli in our environment based on their behavioral relevance is an important skill. Stimulus selection has been studied experimentally, at the single neuron as well as at the population level, by recording from the visual cortex of subjects performing attention-demanding tasks, but studies at the local circuit level(More)
Cells in primary auditory cortex respond preferably to frequency sweeps of a certain rate and direction. In a model by Fishbach et al (J Neurophysiol 90 (2003) 3663-3678), direction selective cells emerged through patterned thalamocortical projections. The thalamic inputs to the auditory cortex were modeled as time-varying firing rates without explicit(More)
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