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Thomas Albright

Thomas Albright, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Psychology
Department of Neurosciences

Contact Information

Email: tom@salk.edu
Phone: 858.453.4100 x1574

Mailing Address:
Vision Center Laboratory
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
10010 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037


Lab Website

Research in our laboratory focuses on the neural structures and events underlying the perception of motion, form, and color. Recent studies of the primate cerebral cortex have unveiled the existence of multiple areas devoted to the processing of visual information. Richly interconnected collections of these areas constitute functional subsystems for the detection, analysis, and interpretation of specific types of visual information. Through an integrative approach, which combines neurophysiological and psychophysical techniques, as well as computational modeling of neural networks, we are beginning to illuminate the mechanics of information processing in these high-level visual areas and to define their unique contributions to visual perception and visually guided behavior.

Messinger A, Squire LR, Zola SM, Albright TD (2001) Neuronal representations of stimulus associations develop in the temporal lobe during learning. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 98:12239-12244.

Albright, TD and Stoner GR (2002) Contextual influences on visual processing. Annu. Rev. Neurosci. 25, 339-379.

Wachtler T, Sejnowski TJ and Albright TD (2003) Representation of color stimuli in awake macaque primary visual cortex. Neuron, 37, 681-691.

Diogo ACM, Soares GM, Koulakov A, Albright TD and Gattass R (2003). Electrophysiological imaging of functional architecture in cortical middle temporal visual area of Cebus Apella monkey. J. Neurosci, 23, 3881-3898.

Krekelberg B and Albright TD (2005) Motion mechanisms in macaque MT, J. Neurophysiol., 93, 2908-2921.

Messinger A, Squire LR, Zola SM, and Albright TD (2005) Neural correlates of knowledge: Stable representation of stimulus associations across variations in behavioral performance. Neuron, 48, 359-371.

Krekelberg B, Van Wezel RJ, Albright TD (2006) Adaptation in Macaque MT reduces perceived speed and improves speed discrimination. J. Neuropohysiol., 95, 255 - 270.