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Marc A. Sommer, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Marc A. Sommer
Contact Info:
Office Location:  1427 Ciemas, Box 90281, 101 Science Dr., Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-7015
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Bme 517.01, Neuronal control of movement Synopsis
    Hudson 125, WF 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology1995
MSStanford University1990
BSStanford University1989

Research Interests:

Dr. Marc Sommer studies neuronal circuits of the brain. Research in his laboratory involves recording from single neurons and studying the effects of inactivating or stimulating well-defined brain areas. His goals are to understand how individual areas process signals and how multiple areas interact to cause cognition and behavior. Results from the work are guiding the design of vision-based models and robots.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Ashmore, RC; Sommer, MA (2013). Delay activity of saccade-related neurons in the caudal dentate nucleus of the macaque cerebellum.. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109(8), 2129-2144. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Smith, MA; Sommer, MA (2013). Spatial and temporal scales of neuronal correlation in visual area V4.. The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 33(12), 5422-5432. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Mayo, JP; Sommer, MA (2013). Neuronal correlates of visual time perception at brief timescales.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 110(4), 1506-1511. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Shin, S; Sommer, MA (2012). Division of labor in frontal eye field neurons during presaccadic remapping of visual receptive fields.. Journal of Neurophysiology, 108(8), 2144-2159. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Middlebrooks, PG; Sommer, MA (2012). Neuronal correlates of metacognition in primate frontal cortex.. Neuron, 75(3), 517-530. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  6. Crapse, TB; Sommer, MA (2012). Frontal eye field neurons assess visual stability across saccades.. The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(8), 2835-2845. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  7. Shin, S; Sommer, MA (2010). Activity of neurons in monkey globus pallidus during oculomotor behavior compared with that in substantia nigra pars reticulata.. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103(4), 1874-1887. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  8. Crapse, TB; Sommer, MA (2008). Corollary discharge across the animal kingdom.. Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, 9(8), 587-600. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  9. Sommer, MA; Wurtz, RH (2006). Influence of the thalamus on spatial visual processing in frontal cortex.. Nature, 444(7117), 374-377. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]
  10. Sommer, MA; Wurtz, RH (2002). A pathway in primate brain for internal monitoring of movements.. Science (New York, N.Y.), 296(5572), 1480-1482. [pdf], [doi]  [abs]

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