Friday Paper List – Posted on Saturday June 8th

Some links to various things are below:

A write up about a new book that just came out on patient H.M. can be found here. I think it is pretty amazing to consider how big of a deal patient H.M. has been for the field of neuroscience. I don’t think it is a stretch at all to accredit what we learned from patient H.M. for creating the entire field of hippocampal research.

Addgene put up a special page just for optogenetic resources here.

Joshua Vogelstein posted a link to a very useful article on being a more effective writer here.

Ed Boyden tweeted a link to this very interesting article on “electroceuticals”. I think I smell a new buzzword being born.

Finally over at Labrigger, one of my favorite blogs, it was brought to my attention that MATLAB 2013a natively supports the Microsoft Kinect which is really cool!

Alright on to the papers! Get excited! … but not too excited, make sure you land on your feet 🙂

1) Mapping brain circuitry with a light microscope Pavel Osten & Troy W Margrie ; Nature Methods 2013 (link)

  • a nice overview of where things are

2) Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants Dina Lipkind, Gary F. Marcus, Douglas K. Bemis, Kazutoshi Sasahara, Nori Jacoby, Miki Takahasi, Kenta Suzuki, Olga Feher, Primoz Ravbar, Kazuo Okanoya & Ofer Tchernichovski ; Nature 2013 (link)

3) Neural coding during active somatosensation revealed using illusory touch Daniel H O’Connor, S Andrew Hires, Zengcai V Guo, Nuo Li, Jianing Yu, Qian-Quan Sun, Daniel Huber & Karel Svoboda ; Nature Neuroscience 2013 (link)

  • I could write an entire post about this paper. I am a big fan of the work from the Svoboda lab. I think this paper exemplifies beautifully a thorough and well executed use of optogenetics to answer a scientific question. Also I have to plug one of my favorite papers from Matthew Diamond’s lab when thinking about this paper. Both take inspiration from the work of Ranulfo Romo.

4) Impact of Neuronal Properties on Network Coding: Roles of Spike Initiation Dynamics and Robust Synchrony Transfer Stephanie Ratte ́ , Sungho Hong, Erik De Schutter, and Steven A. Prescott ; Neuron 2013 (link)

  • this is a paper I’m really looking forward to reading!

5) A Bayesian approach for characterizing direction tuning curves in the supplementary motor area of behaving monkeys Hadas Taubman, Eilon Vaadia, Rony Paz and Gal Chechik ; J Neurophys 2013 (link)

6) Imaging of Neural Ensemble for the Retrieval of a Learned Behavioral Program Tazu Aoki, Masae Kinoshita, Ryo Aoki, Masakazu Agetsuma, Hidenori Aizawa, Masako Yamazaki, Mikako Takahoko, Ryunosuke Amo, Akiko Arata, Shin-ichi Higashijima, Takashi Tsuboi, and Hitoshi Okamoto ; Neuron 2013 (link)

7) A Mechanistic Understanding of the Role of Feedforward Inhibition in the Mammalian Sound Localization Circuitry Michael T. Roberts, Stephanie C. Seeman, and Nace L. Golding ; Neuron 2013 (link)

8) Directional Hearing by Linear Summation of Binaural Inputs at the Medial Superior Olive Marcel van der Heijden, Jeannette A.M. Lorteije, Andrius Plauska, Michael T. Roberts, Nace L. Golding, and J. Gerard G. Borst ; Neuron 2013 (link)

9) Decorrelating Action of Inhibition in Neocortical Networks Tanya Sippy and Rafael Yuste ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

10) Hebbian and Anti-Hebbian Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity of Human Cortico-Cortical Connections Giacomo Koch, Viviana Ponzo, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Carlo Caltagirone, and Domenica Veniero ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

11) Matching Recall and Storage in Sequence Learning with Spiking Neural Networks Johanni Brea, Walter Senn, and Jean-Pascal Pfister ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

12) Spinal Commissural Connections to Motoneurons Controlling the Primate Hand and Wrist Demetris S. Soteropoulos, Steve A. Edgley, and Stuart N. Baker ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

13) Whisker Dynamics Underlying Tactile Exploration S. Andrew Hires, Alexander L. Efros, and Karel Svoboda ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

  • Oh did I forget to mention Dr. Svoboda’s lab put out not one but two quality papers this week? My bad. Yeah that happened 🙂 This one is a definitely for a more limited audience as it focus on the nitty gritty details of the whisker mechanics. However the whisker community is an important one for the field of sensory systems neuroscience. Not that I’m biased or anything 🙂

14) Continuous Flash Suppression Modulates Cortical Activity in Early Visual Cortex Shlomit Yuval-Greenberg and David J. Heeger ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

15) Prefrontal-Temporal Disconnection Impairs Recognition Memory but Not Familiarity Discrimination Philip G.F. Browning, Mark G. Baxter, and David Gaffan ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

16) System-Like Consolidation of Olfactory Memories in Drosophila Isaac Cervantes-Sandoval, Alfonso Martin-Pen ̃a, Jacob A. Berry, and Ronald L. Davis ; J Neuroscience 2013 (link)

17) Hippocampal signatures of episodic memory: evidence from single-unit recording studies Amy L. Griffin and Henry L. Hallock ; Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 2013 (link)

18) Combinatorial brain decoding of people’s whereabouts during visuospatial navigation Hans P. Op de Beeck, Ben Vermaercke, Daniel G. Woolley and Nicole Wenderoth ; Frontiers in Neuroscience 2013 (link)

19) A role for anterior thalamic nuclei in contextual fear memory A. Marchand, A. Fauge`re, E. Coutureau, M. Wolff ; Brain Structure and Function 2013 (link)

20) Decoding the neural mechanisms of human tool use Jason P Gallivan, D Adam McLean, Kenneth F Valyear, Jody C Culham ; eLife 2013 (link)

  • Watching the brain in action Bradford Z Mahon ; eLife 2013 (link)
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