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  • Congratulations to Jonathan Williford, Ph.D.


    Jonathan Williford, a graduate student in the Neuroscience program, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation from Rudiger von der Heydt’s lab and presented his thesis seminar on November 5, 2014.   His seminar was titled “Neural Basis of Perceptual Organization of Natural Scenes: Emergence of Object-Based Coding in the Primate Visual Cortex.” Congratulations, Jonathan!

  • MBI Researcher Ernst Niebur mentioned in New Yorker


    The pioneering ideas of MBI theoretical neuroscientist Ernst Niebur on the neural mechanisms of attention were credited in a recent article in New Yorker magazine about the work of MIT’s Bob Desimone. See the article at

  • MBI Research Featured on Cover of Neuron



    A research article from the Connor Laboratory of MBI appeared in the journal Neuron. This work reported the existence of separate brain regions in the inferior temporal cortex that contained neurons that were selectively tuned for abstract images resembling small objects vs. large-scale landscapes.


    Siavash Vaziri, Eric T. Carlson, Zhihong Wang, Charles E. Connor (2014). A Channel for 3D Environmental Shape in Anterior Inferotemporal Cortex. Neuron 84:55-62.


    See also the Johns Hopkins HUB article on the research:


  • In Memoriam





    If you would like to submit remembrances of Steve (words and/or photos) to be posted to a memorial web page please send them to



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