Friday Paper List – April 26th

Before I start the list, there looks to be an interesting back and forth over some results in the most recent issue of Science.

  • Comment on “In Monkeys Making Value-Based Decisions, LIP Neurons Encode Cue Salience and Not Action Value” William T. Newsome, Paul W. Glimcher, Jacqueline Gottlieb, Daeyeol Lee, Michael L. Platt ; Science 2013 (link)


  • Response to Comment on “In Monkeys Making Value-Based Decisions, LIP Neurons Encode Cue Salience and Not Action Value” Marvin L. Leathers, Carl R. Olson ; Science 2013 (link)

You can find the original paper here. I need to read it and then read these comments. In my opinion there is nothing more fun than a good back-and-forth among well respected scientists!

It’s fun to watch them battle…

Alright on to this weeks list!

1) Optogenetic approaches for functional mouse brain mapping Diana H. Lim, Jeffrey LeDue, Majid H. Mohajerani, Matthieu P. Vanni and Timothy H. Murphy ; Frontiers in Neuroscience 2013 (link)

I am a big fan of the work from Dr. Murphy’s lab. I especially enjoy the amazing things he has done with Voltage Sensitive Dye (VSD) imaging, ChR2, and a bilateral imaging preparation.

You can see spontaneous activity in a control (left) and acallosal (right) mouse brain using VSD imaging of both hemispheres below.

Also if you are ever decide to learn VSD or intrinsic signal imaging I highly recommend this paper:

  • Simple and cost-effective hardware and software for functional brain mapping using intrinsic optical signal imaging Harrison TC, Sigler A, and Murphy TH ; J Neuroscience Methods 2009 (link)

2) Segregation of cortical head direction cell assemblies on alternating theta cycles Mark P Brandon, Andrew R Bogaard, Nathan W Schultheiss & Michael E Hasselmo ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

This looks very interesting! For those who study the hippocampus, it might be worthwhile to read this paper in tandem with another paper (shown below) from the same group published in 2011. That’s what I’m planning on doing 🙂

  • Reduction of Theta Rhythm Dissociates Grid Cell Spatial Periodicity from Directional Tuning Mark P. Brandon, Andrew R. Bogaard, Christopher P. Libby, Michael A. Connerney, Kishan Gupta, Michael E. Hasselmo ; Science 2011 (link)

3) Neurotransmitter Switching in the Adult Brain Regulates Behavior Davide Dulcis, Pouya Jamshidi, Stefan Leutgeb, Nicholas C. Spitzer ; Science 2013 (link)

Commentary on the above paper:

  • Plasticity in the Neurotransmitter Repertoire Susan J. Birren and Eve Marder ; Science 2013 (link)

4) Adaptation maintains population homeostasis in primary visual cortex Andrea Benucci, Aman B Saleem & Matteo Carandini ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

5) Attention during natural vision warps semantic representation across the human brain Tolga Çukur, Shinji Nishimoto, Alexander G Huth & Jack L Gallant ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

6) The dorsomedial striatum encodes net expected return, critical for energizing performance vigor Alice Y Wang, Keiji Miura & Naoshige Uchida ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

7) The neuron-specific chromatin regulatory subunit BAF53b is necessary for synaptic plasticity and memory Annie Vogel-Ciernia, Dina P Matheos, Ruth M Barrett, Enikö A Kramár, Soraya Azzawi, Yuncai Chen, Christophe N Magnan, Michael Zeller, Angelina Sylvain, Jakob Haettig, Yousheng Jia, Anthony Tran, Richard Dang, Rebecca J Post, Meredith Chabrier, Alex H Babayan, Jiang I Wu, Gerald R Crabtree, Pierre Baldi, Tallie Z Baram, Gary Lynch & Marcelo A Wood ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

8) Random convergence of olfactory inputs in the Drosophila mushroom body Sophie J. C. Caron, Vanessa Ruta, L. F. Abbott & Richard Axel ; Nature 2013 (link)

9) A Motion Direction Preference Map in Monkey V4 Peichao Li, Shude Zhu, Ming Chen, Chao Han, Haoran Xu, Jiaming Hu, Yang Fang, and Haidong D. Lu ; Neuron 2013 (link)

There is a lot I could say about this paper, but let me just say a few:

It is no coincidence that some of my favorite optical imaging papers are from the lab of Dr. Anna Roe. It is also no coincidence that they often involve the work of Dr. Haidong Lu, Dr. Gang Chen, and Dr. Hisashi Tonegawa. I have a great deal of respect for all four of these scientists. The last three were all postdocs in Anna Roe’s lab at Vanderbilt University. Haidong Lu now has his own lab at the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai, China.

This recent paper from Dr. Lu’s lab, in my humble opinion, reflects that he continues to produce some of the best intrinsic signal optical imaging around.

The quality of these images reminds me of two earlier papers from the Roe Lab, involving the same talented people. The 2010 paper, with a very similar title to the one published this week, contains what might be one of my all time favorite figures 🙂


Figure 1 from the paper below.

  • A Motion Direction Map in Macaque V2 Haidong D. Lu, Gang Chen, Hisashi Tanigawa, and Anna W. Roe ; Neuron 2010 (link)
  • A Map for Horizontal Disparity in Monkey V2 Gang Chen, Haidong D. Lu and Anna W. Roe ; Neuron 2008 (link)

10) Population Responses to Contour Integration: Early Encoding of Discrete Elements and Late Perceptual Grouping Ariel Gilad, Elhanan Meirovithz, and Hamutal Slovin ; Neuron 2013 (link)

11) Dynamic Coding for Cognitive Control in Prefrontal Cortex Mark G. Stokes, Makoto Kusunoki, Natasha Sigala, Hamed Nili, David Gaffan, and John Duncan ; Neuron 2013 (link)

12) Associative Learning Enhances Population Coding by Inverting Interneuronal Correlation Patterns James M. Jeanne, Tatyana O. Sharpee, and Timothy Q. Gentner ; Neuron 2013 (link)

Commentary on the above paper:

  • Population Code, Noise Correlations, and Memory Fre ́ de ́ ric E. Theunissen, and Julie E. Elie ; Neuron 2013 (link)

13) Decision Making: From Neuroscience to Psychiatry Daeyeol Lee ; Neuron 2013 (link)

14) Neural Variability in Premotor Cortex Is Modulated by Trial History and Predicts Behavioral Performance Encarni Marcos, Pierpaolo Pani, Emiliano Brunamonti, Gustavo Deco, Stefano Ferraina, and Paul Verschure ; Neuron 2013 (link)

15) Origin of intrinsic irregular firing in cortical interneurons Klaus M. Stiefel, Bernhard Englitz, and Terrence J. Sejnowski ; PNAS 2013 (link)

16) Mapping remodeling of thalamocortical projections in the living reeler mouse brain by diffusion tractography Laura-Adela Harsan, Csaba Dávid, Marco Reisert, Susanne Schnell, Jürgen Hennig, Dominik von Elverfeldt, and Jochen F. Staiger ; PNAS 2013 (link)

The next two papers are in the multi-sensory field, which reminds me:

Congratulations to Dr. Dipanwita Ghose !!! I look forward to posting links to your work in the future 🙂

17) Principles of Multisensory Behavior Thomas U. Otto, Brice Dassy, and Pascal Mamassian ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

18) Vision Dominates at the Preresponse Level and Audition Dominates at the Response Level in Cross-modal Interaction: Behavioral and Neural Evidence Qi Chen and Xiaolin Zhou  ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

19) Focal Electrical Stimulation of Major Ganglion Cell Types in the Primate Retina for the Design of Visual Prostheses Lauren H. Jepson, Paweł Hottowy, Keith Mathieson, Deborah E. Gunning, Władysław Da ̨browski, Alan M. Litke, and E. J. Chichilnisky ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

20) Representation of Abstract Quantitative Rules Applied to Spatial and Numerical Magnitudes in Primate Prefrontal Cortex Anne-Kathrin Eiselt and Andreas Nieder ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

21) Selective Silencing of Individual Dendritic Branches by an mGlu2-Activated Potassium Conductance in Dentate Gyrus Granule Cells Ja ́nos Brunner, Jeanne Ster, Susan Van-Weert, Tibor Andra ́si, Ma ́te ́ Neubrandt, Corrado Corti, Mauro Corsi, Francesco Ferraguti, Urs Gerber, and Ja ́nos Szabadics ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

22) Functional Connectivity from the Amygdala to the Hippocampus Grows Stronger after Stress Supriya Ghosh, T. Rao Laxmi, and Sumantra Chattarji ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

23) Mushroom Body Extrinsic Neurons in the Honeybee Brain Encode Cues and Contexts Differently Syed Abid Hussaini and Randolf Menzel ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

24) Signals through the Striatopallidal Indirect Pathway Stop Movements by Phasic Excitation in the Substantia Nigra Hiromi Sano, Satomi Chiken, Takatoshi Hikida, Kazuto Kobayashi, and Atsushi Nambu ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

25) Short-term Depression of External Globus Pallidus- Subthalamic Nucleus Synaptic Transmission and Implications for Patterning Subthalamic Activity Jeremy F. Atherton, Ariane Menard, Nadia Urbain, and Mark D. Bevan ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

26) Thalamocortical Long-Term Potentiation Becomes Gated after the Early Critical Period in the Auditory Cortex Sungkun Chun, Ildar T. Bayazitov, Jay A. Blundon, and Stanislav S. Zakharenko ; JNeuroscience 2013 (link)

27) Unsupervised Spatiotemporal Analysis of FMRI Data Using Graph-based Visualizations of Self- Organizing Map Santosh B. Katwal, John C. Gore, René Marois and Baxter P. Rogers IEEE 2013 (link)

28) Controlling the oscillation phase through precisely timed closed-loop optogenetic stimulation: a computational study Annette Witt, Agostina Palmigiano, Andreas Neef, Ahmed El Hady, Fred Wolf and Demian Battaglia; Frontiers in Neural Circuits 2013 (link)

29) Effects of repeated tickling on conditioned fear and hormonal responses in socially isolated rats Miyo Hori, Kazuo Yamada, Junji Ohnishi, Shigeko Sakamoto, Eriko Takimoto-Ohnishi, Shigeki Miyabe, Kazuo Murakami, Yukio Ichitani ; Neuro Letters 2013 (link)

What is not to love about this paper. If you haven’t seen this classic video showing the use of ultrasonic bat transducers for hearing rats laugh when they are tickled, then you are in for a treat!

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