Katherine L. Hermann

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'The dress' is a peculiar photograph: by themselves the dress' pixels are brown and blue, colors associated with natural illuminants, but popular accounts (#TheDress) suggest the dress appears either white/gold or blue/black. Could the purported categorical perception arise because the original social-media question was an alternative-forced-choice? In a(More)
The lateral geniculate nucleus is thought to represent color using two populations of cone-opponent neurons [L vs M; S vs (L + M)], which establish the cardinal directions in color space (reddish vs cyan; lavender vs lime). How is this representation transformed to bring about color perception? Prior work implicates populations of glob cells in posterior(More)
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a late-onset, sporadic neurodegenerative disorder clinically characterized by autonomic failure and either poorly levodopa-responsive parkinsonism or cerebellar ataxia. It is neuropathologically defined by widespread and abundant central nervous system α-synuclein-positive glial cytoplasmic inclusions and striatonigral(More)
The objective of this study was to identify key features differentiating multiple system atrophy cerebellar type (MSA-C) from idiopathic late-onset cerebellar ataxia (ILOCA). We reviewed records of patients seen in the Massachusetts General Hospital Ataxia Unit between 1992 and 2013 with consensus criteria diagnoses of MSA-C or ILOCA. Twelve patients had(More)
INTRO The primary agent of inhibitory neurotransmission in visual cortex, GABA, has been linked to autism etiology in animal, genetic, and post-mortem studies. Specifically, GABA is thought to be down-regulated in the autistic brain, producing an overabundance of excitatory neurotransmission. Yet, perturbations in GABAergic signaling have never been(More)
We experience our visual environment as a seamless, immersive panorama. Yet, each view is discrete and fleeting, separated by expansive eye movements and discontinuous views of our spatial surroundings. How are discrete views of a panoramic environment knit together into a broad, unified memory representation? Regions of the brain's "scene network" are well(More)
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