“Neurophysiology”, sometimes also referred to as electrophysiology, is a collection of techniques that are primarily concerned with the measurement of electrical brain activity.

Our lab focuses on high resolution multi-contact microelectrode arrays to isolate the isolated responses of single neurons in order to study their link to visual perception and behavior.

In addition to measuring the electric discharges of single neurons, we are also interested in the population response of larger cell ensembles within the cortical microcircuitry. For this purpose, we are measuring nerual activity with high spatio-temporal resolution across all cortical laminae.


Maier, A.(2013)

Neuroscience: The cortical layering of visual processing.

Curr. Biol. 23(21):R959-961


Cox, M.A., Schmid, M.C., Peters, A.J., Saunders, R.C., Leopold, D.A. & Maier, A. (2013)

Receptive field focus of visual area V4 neurons determines responses to illusory surfaces.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110(42):17095-17100

Spaak, E., Bonnefond, M., Maier, A., Leopold, D.A. & Jensen, O. (2012)

Layer-specific entrainment of gamma-band neural activity by the alpha rhythm in monkey visual cortex.

Curr. Biol. 22(24):2312-2318

Maier, A., Aura, C., Leopold, D.A. (2011)

Infragranular Sources of Sustained Local Field Potential Responses in Macaque Primary Visual Cortex.

J. Neurosci. 31(6):1971-1980

Maier, A., Adams, G.K., Aura, C., Leopold, D.A. (2010)

Distinct laminar domains of activity in the visual cortex during rest and stimulation.

Front. Syst. Neurosci. 4:31                                   

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