Michael E. Goldberg, M.D.

  • David Mahoney Professor of Brain & Behavior, Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology
  • Director, Mahoney Center
  • Former President, Society for Neuroscience

My research delves into the physiology of cognitive processes. I have worked on a number of topics related to the physiology of eye movements, visual attention and spatial perception. Among my (by "my", I mean "our") most important results are: the fact that neurons in the parietal cortex predict a monkey’s locus of visual attention (as measured by perceptual threshold) on a moment by moment basis; the discovery that receptive fields in the dorsal stream shift around the time of a saccadic eye movement so that an object that will be brought into the receptive field by a saccade will drive the cell even before the saccade begins, thus proving Helmholtz’ postulate that the motor system feeds a corollary discharge signal back to the sensory system to effect spatial accuracy; and that monkey somatosensory cortex has a representation of eye position that arises in the contralateral orbit.


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