Kerstin E Schmidt

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Long-range horizontal connections are thought to modulate the responsiveness of neurons by supplying contextual information. A special type of long-range connections are interhemispheric projections, linking the 2 cerebral hemispheres. To investigate the action of those projections in a causal approach, we recorded in cat primary visual cortex while(More)
Even though the visual cortex is one of the most studied brain areas, the neuronal code in this area is still not fully understood. In the literature, two codes are commonly hypothesized, namely stimulus and predictive (error) codes. Here, we examined whether and how these two codes can coexist in a neuron. To this end, we assumed that neurons could predict(More)
Neurons in the cerebral cortex are constantly integrating different types of inputs. Dependent on their origin, these inputs can be modulatory in many ways and, for example, change the neuron's responsiveness, sensitivity, or selectivity. To investigate the modulatory role of lateral input from the same level of cortical hierarchy, we recorded in the(More)
This paper presents an approach of collecting contextualized attention metadata combined from inside as well as outside a LMS and analyzing them to create feedback about the student activities for the teaching staff. Two types of analyses were run on the collected data: first, key actions were extracted to identify usage patterns and tendencies throughout(More)
Recently, it has been suggested that effective interactions between two neuronal populations are supported by the phase difference between the oscillations in these two populations, a hypothesis referred to as "communication through coherence" (CTC). Experimental work quantified effective interactions by means of the power correlations between the two(More)
Ongoing brain activity exhibits patterns resembling neural ensembles co-activated by stimulation or task performance. Such patterns have been attributed to the brain's functional architecture, e.g. selective long-range connections. Here, we directly investigate the contribution of selective connections between hemispheres to spontaneous and evoked maps in(More)
It is generally thought that callosal connections (CCs) in primary visual cortices serve to unify the visual scenery parted in two at the vertical midline (VM). Here, we present evidence that this applies also to visual features that do not cross yet but might cross the VM in the future. During reversible deactivation of the contralateral visual cortex in(More)
Natural history museums collect and provide access to digital representations of artifacts from their vast collections. The representations are used, among others, to facilitate their use in educational settings. For example, school teachers use them to prepare class visits to the museums. In the context of the European project Natural Europe, these(More)