I am primarily interested in neural coding and the neural basis of perception. I combine psychophysics, peripheral and cortical neurophysiology, and computational methods to investigate the tactile processing of form, motion, texture, and vibration. The general approach, pioneered by Vernon Mountcastle, consists in measuring an aspect of perception on human subjects then recording the responses evoked in peripheral afferents and in cortical neurons in macaque monkeys. Importantly, the same stimuli are used in both psychophysical and neurophysiological experiments. The objective is to discover the aspect of the neural response that accounts for the measured behavior at each stage of perceptual processing.
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