Visual Neuroscience Laboratory

Matthew A. Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Visual Neuroscience Laboratory
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Lab Personnel

Katerina Clemens (Graduate Student)
Sanjeev Khanna (Graduate Student)
Robert Morrison (Graduate Student)
Samantha E. Schmitt (Research Technician)
Adam C. Snyder, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Akash Umakantha (Graduate Student)
Ryan Williamson (Graduate Student)

Research Interests

Our research employs neurophysiological and computational approaches to study the primate visual system. Specifically, we are interested in the dynamics of visual processing at the level of individual neurons and populations. We study how the temporal structure of neuronal responses can teach us about cortical circuits, how form processing is accomplished by a distributed network of neurons, and how populations of neurons integrate information provided by inputs within and between cortical regions.

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Select Recent Publications

  1. Bitter SR, Williamson RC, Snyder AC, Litwin-Kumar A, Doiron B, Chase SM*, Smith MA*, Yu BM* (2017) PLoS One, 12(8):e0181773 [*equal contribution]
  2. Konecky RO, Smith MA, Olson CR. Monkey prefrontal neurons during Sternberg performance: Contents of working memory or current focus of attention? J Neurophysiol, 117: 2269-2281
  3. Rosenbaum R, Smith MA, Kohn A, Rubin JE, Doiron B (2017) The spatial structure of correlated neuronal variability. Nature Neurosci, 20:107-114
  4. Cowley BR, Smith MA, Kohn A, Yu BM (2016) Stimulus-driven population activity patterns in macaque primary visual cortex. PLoS Comput Biol, 12(12):e1005185
  5. Williamson RC, Cowley BR, Litwin-Kumar A, Doiron B, Kohn A, Smith MA*, Yu BM* (2016) Scaling properties of dimensionality reduction for neural populations and network models. PLoS Comput Biol, 12(12):e1005141 [*equal contribution]
  6. Snyder AC, Morais MJ, Smith MA (2016) Dynamics of excitatory and inhibitory networks are differentially altered by selective attention. J Neurophysiol, 116:1807-1820
  7. Mayo JP, Morrison RM, Smith MA (2016) A probabilistic approach to receptive field mapping in the frontal eye fields. Front Syst Neurosci, 10: 25
  8. Vinci G, Ventura V, Smith MA, Kass RE (2016) Separating spike count correlation from firing rate correlation. Neural Comput, 28: 849-881 
  9. Mayo JP, DiTomasso AR, Sommer MA, Smith MA (2015) Dynamics of visual receptive fields in the macaque frontal eye field. J Neurophysiol, 114:3201-3210 
  10. Zhou P, Burton SD, Snyder AC, Smith MA, Urban NN, Kass RE (2015) Establishing a statistical link between network oscillations and neural synchrony. PLoS Comput Biol, 11(10): e1004549

Contact Information

Matthew A. Smith, PhD
EEINS-914, 203 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213