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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MADISON
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Yuri Saalmann

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2005, Australian National University

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Research Interests
My lab investigates the neural dynamics of brain networks supporting (i) executive functions, such as attention and rule processing, as well as (ii) conscious awareness and anesthesia. The focus is on how information is transmitted between groups of neurons in thalamo-cortical networks during these behavioral states. To measure network interactions, we map brain networks using neuroimaging (functional MRI, diffusion MRI) and simultaneously record neural activity from interconnected network sites in behaving macaques (single-units, LFPs, microstimulation) and human subjects (intracranial ECoG).


REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Saalmann YB, Pinsk MA, Wang L, Li X, Kastner S (2012) The pulvinar regulates information transmission between cortical areas based on attention demands. Science 337, 753-756.

Wang L*, Saalmann YB*, Pinsk MA, Arcaro MJ, Kastner S (2012) Electrophysiological low-frequency coherence and cross-frequency coupling contributes to BOLD connectivity. Neuron 76, 1010-1020 (*equal contributions). 

Saalmann YB, Kastner S (2011) Cognitive and perceptual functions of the visual thalamus. Neuron 71: 209-223.

Saalmann YB, Pigarev IN, Vidyasagar TR (2007) Neural mechanisms of visual attention: how top-down feedback highlights relevant locations. Science 316: 1612-1615.

 
 
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