Yoram Ben-Shaul

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Recent studies suggested that a single motor cortical neuron typically encodes multiple movement parameters, but parameters often display strong temporal interdependencies. To address this issue, we recorded single-unit activity while macaque monkeys made continuous movements and employed an analysis that explicitly considered temporal correlations between(More)
Animal-animal recognition within, and across species, is essential for predator avoidance and social interactions. Despite its essential role in orchestrating responses to animal cues, basic principles of information processing by the vomeronasal system are still unknown. The medial amygdala (MeA) occupies a central position in the vomeronasal pathway,(More)
Despite many reports indicating the existence of precise firing sequences in cortical activity, serious objections have been raised regarding the statistics used to detect them and the relations of these sequences to behavior. We show that in behaving monkeys, pairs of spikes from different neurons tend to prefer certain time delays when measured in(More)
In this report we show that the observed inter-neuronal correlation reflects a superposition of correlations associated with the intrinsic correlation between neurons, and correlations associated with variability in the stimuli presented to, or the actions performed by, the subject. We argue that the effects of either stimulus or action variability on the(More)
MOTIVATION Analysis of large-scale expression data is greatly facilitated by the availability of gene ontologies (GOs). Many current methods test whether sets of transcripts annotated with specific ontology terms contain an excess of 'changed' transcripts. This approach suffers from two main limitations. First, since gene expression is continuous rather(More)
Although previous studies have shown that activity of neurons in the motor cortex is related to various movement parameters, including the direction of movement, the spatial pattern by which these parameters are represented is still unresolved. The current work was designed to study the pattern of representation of the preferred direction (PD) of hand(More)
We show that times of spikes can be very precise. In the cerebral cortex, where each nerve cell is affected by thousands of others, it is the common belief that the exact time of a spike is random up to an averaged firing rate over tens of milliseconds. In a brain slice, precise time relations of several neurons have been observed. It remained unclear(More)
Some studies suggest that complex arm movements in humans and monkeys may optimize several objective functions, while others claim that arm movements satisfy geometric constraints and are composed of elementary components. However, the ability to unify different constraints has remained an open question. The criterion for a maximally smooth (minimizing(More)
UNLABELLED The accessory olfactory system controls social and sexual behavior. However, key aspects of sensory signaling along the accessory olfactory pathway remain largely unknown. Here, we investigate patterns of spontaneous neuronal activity in mouse accessory olfactory bulb mitral cells, the direct neural link between vomeronasal sensory input and(More)
Alternative splicing configurations and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) gene expression are both modified in neurons under stress. However, it is unclear if these phenomena are functionally interrelated. Using a home-made spotted microarray focused on splicing-associated transcripts, we tested the effects of excess 3' splice variants of human AChE on(More)