CN730: Models of Visual Perception

Spring 2011

Prerequisites : Consent of the instructors, Ennio Mingolla and Arash Yazdanbakhsh

Office hours: by appointment

The 2011 edition of this course offers an advanced survey of selected topics of current interest in the neural and computational modeling of mammalian vision. This year's topics include brain imaging, visual search, brightness perception, and cortical anatomy. Some classes will be held at laboratories of nearby institutions. Students are expected to have a sufficient interdisciplinary grounding in the fundamentals of computational modeling of mammalian vision to read primary research sources extensively. A term project that combines a problem statement, literature review, and either (1) simulation of a model or (2) a design for a psychophysical experiment is required.

Information for GUEST SPEAKERS
Dates of DELIVERABLES for student research reports

Weekly Schedule -- Meetings with guest speakers are on Thursdays, beginning on January 20, and start at 1:00 PM, unless otherwise indicated on this page by the designation "field trip." Meetings with guest speakers at Boston University are held in Room B03 of the CNS Building, 677 Beacon Street. An additional weekly discussion hour is held on Thursdays at 11am (except on student presentation weeks) on the third floor conference room of CNS.

Click on a date to go directly to a summary of that week's class, including assigned readings. Links to guest speakers' home pages, weekly topics, and a list of readings will also be found there, though these will be updated in real time in the course of the semester.

Jan 20 Arash Afraz (MIT) - Representation of visual objects in the brain (Optogenetics, single/multi cell recording). DiCarlo Lab. Field Trip. Map.


Afraz A, Pashkam, Kim MV, Cavanagh P. Spatial Heterogeneity in the Perception of Face and Form Attributes. Current Biology. 2010 Dec;07(20):1-5. pdf.

Afraz SR, Kiani R, Kim MV, Esteky H. Microstimulation of inferotemporal cortex influences face categorization. Nature. 2006 Aug;10(442):692-695. pdf.

DiCarlo JJ, Cox, DD. Untangling invariant object recognition. TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences. 2007 Jul;17(11):333-341. pdf.

Jan 27 Reza Rajimehr (MIT) - Feature-based synchrony between prefrontal cortex and V4 during visual attention. Desimone Lab. Field Trip. Map.


Gregoriou GG, Gotts SJ, Zhou H, Desimone R. High-Frequency, Long-Range Coupling Between Prefrontal and Visual Cortex During Attention. Science. 2009 May;324(5931):1207-10. pdf.

Bichot NP, Rossi AF, Desimone R. Parallel and Serial Neural Mechanisms for Visual Search in Macaque Area V4. Science. 2005 Apr;308(5721):529-534. pdf.

Han X, Qian X, Bernstein JG, Zhou HH, Franzesi GT, Stern P, Bronson RT, Graybiel AM, Desimone R, Boyden ES. Millisecond-Timescale Optical Control of Neural Dynamics in the Nonhuman Primate Brain. Neuron. 2009 Mar;62(2):191-198. pdf.


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Feb 03 Robert Sekuler (Brandeis) - Visual memory and skill learning. Sekuler Lab. Field Trip.


Agam, Y., Huang, J., & Sekuler, R. (2010). Neural Correlates of Sequence Encoding in Visuomotor Learning. Journal of Neurophysiology, 1418 -1424. pdf.

Maryott, J., & Sekuler, R. (2011). Eye movements and imitation learning : Intentional disruption of expectation. Journal of Vision, 11, 1-16. pdf.

Huang, J., & Sekuler, R. (2010). Attention Protects the Fidelity of Visual Memory: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evidence. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(40), 13461-13471. pdf.


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Feb 17 Yury Petrov (Northeastern) - Putting EEG on the spot. Field Trip.


Baillet, S., Mosher, J. C., & Leahy, R. M. (2001). Electromagnetic Brain Mapping. IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, (November), 14-30. pdf.


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Feb 24 Michael Paradiso (Brown) - Saccade Timing & Natural Vision. Field Trip. Map


Macevoy S. P., Hanks T. D., & Paradiso M. A. (2008). Macaque V1 Activity During Natural Vision : Effects of Natural Scenes and Saccades. Journal of Neurophysiology, 99, 460 - 472. pdf.

Paradiso M. A. (2002). Perceptual and neuronal correspondence in primary visual cortex. Current Opinion In Neurobiology, 12(2), 155-61. pdf.

Ruiz O., Loper J., Resvick J., Stephen E., Geman S., Paradiso M. (2010). Neural activity in macaque V1 accurately predicts the timing of fixations and saccades. Society for Neuroscience, Abstract. pdf.

March 3 Helen Barbas (BU) - The Prefrontal Cortex & Flexible Behavior. Field Trip.


Barbas, H., Zikopoulos, B., & Timbie, C. (2010). Sensory Pathways and Emotional Context for Action in Primate Prefrontal Cortex. Biological Psychiatry, 1-7. Society of Biological Psychiatry. pdf.

Barbas, H., & Zikopoulos, B. (2007). The prefrontal cortex and flexible behavior. The Neuroscientist, 13(5), 532-45. pdf.


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March 10 Mike Hasselmo (BU) - Rats, grid cells, place cells, and their modeling. Field Trip. Map


Giocomo, L. M., Zilli, E. A., Fransén, E., & Hasselmo, M. E. (2007). Temporal frequency of subthreshold oscillations scales with entorhinal grid cell field spacing. Science, 315(5819), 1719-22. pdf.

Hafting, T., Fyhn, M., Molden, S., Moser, M-B., & Moser, E. I. (2005). Microstructure of a spatial map in the entorhinal cortex. Nature, 436(7052), 801-6. pdf.

Hasselmo, M. E. (2008). Grid cell mechanisms and function: contributions of entorhinal persistent spiking and phase resetting. Hippocampus, 18(12), 1213-29. pdf.

March 24 Jon Polimeni (MGH) - fMRI. Field Trip. Map


Polimeni, J. R., Fischl, B., Greve, D. N., & Wald, L. L. (2010). Laminar analysis of 7T BOLD using an imposed spatial activation pattern in human V1. NeuroImage, 52(4), 1334-1346. pdf.

Triantafyllou, C., Polimeni, J. R., & Wald, L. L. (2011). Physiological noise and signal-to-noise ratio in fMRI with multi-channel array coils. NeuroImage, 55(2), 597-606. pdf.

Wiggins, G. C., Polimeni, J. R., Potthast, A., Schmitt, M., Alagappan, V., & Wald, L. L. (2009). 96-Channel receive-only head coil for 3 Tesla: design optimization and evaluation. Magnetic resonance in medicine : official journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine / Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 62(3), 754-62. pdf.

March 31 Paul Dizio (Brandeis) - Reaching Coordination and Spatial Orientation. Field Trip. Map


Lackner, J. R., & DiZio, P. (1994). Rapid adaptation to Coriolis force perturbations of arm trajectory. Journal of Neurophysiology, 72(1), 299-313. pdf.

Bortolami, S. B., Pigeon, P., DiZio, P., & Lackner, J. R. (2008). Kinetic analysis of arm reaching movements during voluntary and passive rotation of the torso. Experimental brain research, 187(4), 509-23. pdf.

Cohn, J. V., DiZio, P., & Lackner, J. R. (2000). Reaching during virtual rotation: context specific compensations for expected coriolis forces. Journal of Neurophysiology, 83(6), 3230-40. pdf.

April 7 Marge Livingstone (Harvard) - Numerosity, ordinal relationship representation in baby monkey brain, and the color dove illusion (fMRI, single-cell recording). Livingstone Lab. Field Trip.


Livingstone, M. S., Srihasam, K., & Morocz, I. a. (2010). The benefit of symbols: monkeys show linear, human-like, accuracy when using symbols to represent scalar value. Animal cognition, 13(5), 711-9. pdf.

Srihasam, K., Sullivan, K., Savage, T., & Livingstone, M. S. (2010). Noninvasive functional MRI in alert monkeys. NeuroImage, 51(1), 267-73. pdf.

This page is maintained by Ennio Mingolla and Arash Yazdanbakhsh. Please direction questions to: ennio at cns dot bu dot edu.