Ehud Ahissar

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Perception involves motor control of sensory organs. However, the dynamics underlying emergence of perception from motor-sensory interactions are not yet known. Two extreme possibilities are as follows: (1) motor and sensory signals interact within an open-loop scheme in which motor signals determine sensory sampling but are not affected by sensory(More)
Rhythmic active touch, such as whisking, evokes a periodic reference spike train along which the timing of a novel stimulus, induced, for example, when the whiskers hit an external object, can be interpreted. Previous work supports the hypothesis that the whisking-induced spike train entrains a neural implementation of a phase-locked loop (NPLL) in the(More)
When encountering novel environments, animals perform complex yet structured exploratory behaviors. Despite their typical structuring, the principles underlying exploratory patterns are still not sufficiently understood. Here we analyzed exploratory behavioral data from two modalities: whisking and locomotion in rats and mice. We found that these rodents(More)
Rats move their whiskers to acquire information about their environment. It has been observed that they palpate novel objects and objects they are required to localize in space. We analyze whisker-based object localization using two complementary paradigms, namely, active learning and intrinsic-reward reinforcement learning. Active learning algorithms(More)
The present study examined the human ability to learn a new sensory modality, specifically " whisking ". An experimental apparatus containing artificial whiskers, force sensors, position sensors and computer interface was developed. Twelve participants took part in an experiment containing three tasks: pole localization in the radial dimension, roughness(More)