Matthew E. Phillips

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Lateral connections in the olfactory bulb were previously thought to be organized for center-surround inhibition. However, recent anatomical and physiological studies showed sparse and distributed interactions of inhibitory granule cells (GCs) which tended to be organized in columnar clusters. Little is known about how these distributed clusters are(More)
Respiration produces rhythmic activity in the entire olfactory system, driving neurons in the olfactory epithelium, olfactory bulb (OB), and cortex. The rhythmic nature of this activity is believed to be a critical component of sensory processing. OB projection neurons, mitral and tufted cells exhibit both spiking and subthreshold membrane potential(More)
The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) evaluates a subject's ability to shift to a new pattern of behavior in response to the presentation of unexpected negative feedback. The present study introduces a novel version of the traditional WCST by integrating a probabilistic component into its traditional rule shifting to add uncertainty to the task, as well as(More)
Skill acquisition requires distributed learning both within (online) and across (offline) days to consolidate experiences into newly learned abilities. In particular, piloting an aircraft requires skills developed from extensive training and practice. Here, we tested the hypothesis that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can modulate neuronal(More)
The blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal measured in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiments is generally regarded as sluggish and poorly suited for probing neural function at the rapid timescales involved in sentence comprehension. However, recent studies have shown the value of acquiring data with very short repetition times (TRs),(More)
The thalamus is a critical brain structure involved in gating and regulating the flow of sensory and cortical information. The reticular nucleus of the thalamus (TRN) sends inhibitory projections to the thalamic relay nuclei instead of projecting to the cortex as the other thalamic nuclei do. These inhibitory projections endow the TRN with the functionality(More)
1. Abstract Syllabi contain information useful to students, faculty, and many other people, and given the ubiquity of the WWW many schools are now putting their syllabi online for these people and the general public to access. Even though these syllabi may be available, they might be hard to find. This means that faculty, students, and anyone else who might(More)
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