Visual Cortex Research

Our goal is to understand the development and function of the visual cortex through computational modeling. The main idea is that the visual cortex is a continuously-adapting structure in a dynamic equilibrium with the external environment, and that lateral connections and synchronization of spiking activity are crucial to its behavior. Our research originates from the SOM model (see the Self-Organization page), which was first extended to include self-organizing lateral connections and receptive fields, and most recently on-off channels, spiking neurons, and delay adaptation. We build computational models to gain insights into biological phenomena, and to motivate future biological experiments.

Our current research is supported in part by the NIMH Human Brain Project under grant 1R01-MH66991 (and previously by the National Science Foundation under grants IIS-9811478 and IRI-9309273). Most of our projects are described below; for more details, see publications on Visual Cortex Modeling. For related projects, see Self-Organization and Concept and Schema Learning.

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