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Duane G Albrecht

Professor Emeritus Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Duane G Albrecht

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Biography

Duane Albrecht received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Biological Psychology. His main teaching areas are in biological, perceptual and visual perception psychology. In his own words: The research in the Visual Neuroscience laboratory follows from the long-standing traditions of sensory physiology and psychophysics, with the ultimate goal of understanding sensation and perception. We are investigating the visual system in monkeys, cats, and humans. We want to understand the neurophysiology of the visual system and how it relates to visual perception. To that end we perform single neuron electrophysiological experiments: we measure the electrical activity of individual neurons located in the visual cortex of monkeys and cats while systematically varying visual stimuli. These measurements are then quantitatively evaluated within the context of specific theoretical and formal mathematical/computational models.

Interests

Visual neurophysiology, sensory processes, and perception

Publications

Frazor, R., Albrecht, D., Geisler, W. & Crane, A. (2004, September) Visual cortex neurons in monkeys and cats: Temporal dynamics of the spatial frequency response function. Journal of Neurophysiology, 91(6), 2607-2627.
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Albrecht, D.G., Geisler, W.S., & Crane, A.M. (2003).  Nonlinear properties of visual cortex neurons: Temporal dynamics, stimulus selectivity, neural performance. In: The Visual Neurosciences, Edited by: L.M. Chalupa & J.S. Werner, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, P. 747-764.
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Mehta, A., Crane, A., Rylander III, H. & Thomsen, S.  & Albrecht, D. (2001, September) Maintaining the cornea and the general physiological environment in visual neurophysiological experiments. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 109(2), 153-166.
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Geisler, W., Albrecht, D., Crane, A. & Stern, L. (2001, September) Motion direction signals in the primary visual cortex of cat and monkey. Visual Neuroscience, 18(4), 501-16.
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Albrecht, D. & Geisler, W. (2000) Spatial vision. In K. De Valois (Ed.), Handbook of Perception and Cognition (pp.79-128). Academic Press.
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Heeger, D. & Huk, A., Geisler, W. & Albrecht, D. (2000, September) Spikes vs. BOLD: What does neuroimaging tell us about neuronal activity. Nature Neuroscience, 3(7), 631-633.
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Geisler, W. & Albrecht, D.  (1997, September) Visual Cortex Neurons in Monkeys and Cats: Detection, Discrimination and Identification. Visual Neuroscience, 14(5), 897-920.
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Albrecht, D. & Geisler, W. (1995, September) Bayesian analysis of identification performance of primate visual cortex neurons: Nonlinear mechanisms and stimulus certainty. Vision Research, 35(19), 2723-2730.
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Albrecht, D. (1995, September) Visual cortex neurons in monkeys and cats: Effect of contrast on the spatial and temporal phase transfer function. Visual Neuroscience, 12(6), 1191-1210.
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Albrecht, D. & Geisler, W. (1994, September) Visual cortex neurons in monkeys and cats: contrast response nonlinearities and stimulus selectivity. In Lawton, T. (Ed.) Computational vision based on neurobiology. Bellingham, Wash.:SPIE.
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Geisler, W. & Albrecht, D. (1992, September) Cortical neurons: Isolation of contrast gain control. Vision Research, 32(8), 1409-1410.
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Skottun, B., De Valois, R., Grosof, D., Moyshon, J., Albrecht, D. & Bonds, A. (1991, September) Classifying simple and complex cells on the basis of response modulation. Vision Research, 31, 1079-1086.
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Geisler, W., Albrecht, D., Salvi, R. & Saunders, S. (1991, September) Discrimination performance of single neurons: rate and temporal-pattern information. Journal of Neurophysiology, 66(1), 334-362.
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Albrecht, D. & Geisler, W. (1991, September) Motion selectivity and the contrast response function of simple cells in the visual cortex. Visual Neuroscience, 7(6), 531-546.
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Hamilton, D., Albrecht, D. & Geisler, W. (1989, September) Visual cortical receptive fields in monkey and cat: spatial and temporal phase transfer function. Vision Research, 29(10), 1285-1308.
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De Valois, R., Thorell, L. &Albrecht, D. (1985, September) Periodicity of striate-cortex-cell receptive fields. Journal of the Optical Society of America: Optics and Image Science, 2(7), 1115-1123.
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Thorell, L., De Valois, R. & Albrecht, D. (1984, September) Spatial mapping of monkey V1 cells with pure color and luminance stimuli. Vision Research, 24(7), 751-769.
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Albrecht, D., Farrar, S. & Hamilton, D. (1984, February) Spatial contrast adaptation characteristics of neurons recorded in the cat's visual cortex. Journal of Physiology, 347, 713-739.
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De Valois, R., Albrecht, D. & Thorell, L. (1982, September) Spatial frequency selectivity of cells in macaque visual cortex. Vision Research, 22(5), 545-559.
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Stork, D.G., Levinson, J.Z., Albrecht, D. G., De Valois, R.L. & Thorell, L. (1982, September) Receptive fields and the optimal stimulus. Science, 216(4542), 204-205.
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Albrecht, D. & Hamilton, D. (1982, September) Striate cortex of monkey and cat: Contrast response function. Journal of Neurophysiology, 48(1), 217-237.
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Albrecht, D. & De Valois, R. (1981, October) Striate cortex responses to periodic patterns with and without the fundamental harmonics. Journal of Physiology, 319, 497-514.
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Albrecht, D., De Valois, R. & Thorell, L. (1980, September) Visual cortical neurons: are bars or gratings the optimal stimulus?. Science, 207, 88-90.
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