4th July 2019, 11h30 - 12h30
(Passage d'innovation", 74 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine)

Eyal Seidemann (Professor at the Department of Psychology-Department of Neuroscience-The University of Texas at Austin)

Invited by Serge Picaud

The representation of visual stimuli in primate V1 is widely distributed and topographic. This raises the possibility that in some visual tasks, downstream areas that decode V1 signals in order to mediate perception could combine V1 signals at a relevant topographic scale—e.g., at the scale of orientation columns. If this were the case, then the fundamental unit of information would be individual columns rather than single neurons, and to account for the subject’s behavior in a perceptual task, it would be necessary and sufficient to consider the summed activity of the thousands of neurons within each column. In this presentation, I will discuss our initial attempts to test this topographic-code hypothesis, including our progress toward developing an optical-genetic toolbox for “reading” and “writing” neural population codes at spatial scales of functional topographic maps in the cortex of behaving macaques.

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