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Neurophysiology of Conscious Perception

Alexander Maier
Department of Psychology
008 Wilson Hall
615-322-7466 (office)

Our research group studies the organization of the visual cortex combining neuroimaging (fMRI) and neurophysiological techniques. The major emphasis of the research is to determine how the brain gives rise to conscious experience  through identification and characterization of the neuronal processes that are involved in the establishment of subjective perception. These goals are accomplished by a combination of methods, including: 1) psychophysical examination of illusory stimuli that give rise or prevent the establishment of visual phenomena; 2) functional magnetic resonance imaging with microscopic resolution using high-field (4.7T) scanners; 3) neurophysiological recordings of neurons in all six layers of the neocortex.

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