Research Interests for Marc A. Sommer

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.

Action Potentials, Animals, Artifacts, Behavior, Brain, Cerebellum, Cognition, Electrodes, Equipment Design, Interneurons, Language, Learning, Motor Skills Disorders, Neural Pathways, Neurons, Performance, Reaction Time, Simulator sickness, Superior colliculus, Thalamus, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Vision, Visual Perception
Representative Publications   (search)
  1. Ashmore, RC; Sommer, MA, Delay activity of saccade-related neurons in the caudal dentate nucleus of the macaque cerebellum., Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 109 no. 8 (April, 2013), pp. 2129-2144 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  2. Smith, MA; Sommer, MA, Spatial and temporal scales of neuronal correlation in visual area V4., The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 33 no. 12 (March, 2013), pp. 5422-5432 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  3. Mayo, JP; Sommer, MA, Neuronal correlates of visual time perception at brief timescales., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, vol. 110 no. 4 (January, 2013), pp. 1506-1511 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  4. Shin, S; Sommer, MA, Division of labor in frontal eye field neurons during presaccadic remapping of visual receptive fields., Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 108 no. 8 (October, 2012), pp. 2144-2159 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  5. Middlebrooks, PG; Sommer, MA, Neuronal correlates of metacognition in primate frontal cortex., Neuron, vol. 75 no. 3 (August, 2012), pp. 517-530 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  6. Crapse, TB; Sommer, MA, Frontal eye field neurons assess visual stability across saccades., The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 32 no. 8 (February, 2012), pp. 2835-2845 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  7. Shin, S; Sommer, MA, Activity of neurons in monkey globus pallidus during oculomotor behavior compared with that in substantia nigra pars reticulata., Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 103 no. 4 (April, 2010), pp. 1874-1887 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  8. Crapse, TB; Sommer, MA, Corollary discharge across the animal kingdom., Nature Reviews. Neuroscience, vol. 9 no. 8 (August, 2008), pp. 587-600 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  9. Sommer, MA; Wurtz, RH, Influence of the thalamus on spatial visual processing in frontal cortex., Nature, vol. 444 no. 7117 (November, 2006), pp. 374-377 [pdf], [doi[abs].
  10. Sommer, MA; Wurtz, RH, A pathway in primate brain for internal monitoring of movements., Science (New York, N.Y.), vol. 296 no. 5572 (May, 2002), pp. 1480-1482 [pdf], [doi[abs].