Behavior and Brain Organization


We aim to understand how mammals use vision to make decisions.



Tafazoli, S., Safaai, H., De Franceschi, G., Rosselli, F.B., Vanzella, W., Riggi, M., Buffolo, F., Panzeri, S. & Zoccolan, D. (2017) “Emergence of transformation-tolerant representations of visual objects in rat lateral extrastriate cortex” eLife 6, e22794


Wallace, D.J. & Kerr, J.N. (2016) "Behavioral neuroscience: who’s afraid of the C57BL/6 Mouse?" Curr. Biol. 26, R1188-R1189  

Tschentscher, J., Hochheim, S., Brüning, H., Brune, K., Voit, K.M. & Imlau, M. (2016) "Optical riblet sensor: beam parameter requirements for the probing laser source" Sensors 16, 458

Wallace, D.J., Fitzpatrick, D. &  Kerr, J.N. (2016) "Primate thalamus: more than meets an eye" Curr. Biol. 26, R60 - R61


Egger, R., Schmitt, A.C., Wallace, D.J., Sakmann, B., Oberlaender, M. &  Kerr, J.N. (2015) "Robustness of sensory-evoked excitation is increased by inhibitory inputs to distal apical tuft dendrites" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 14072-14077

Zuo, Y.F., Safaai, H., Notaro, G., Mazzoni, A., Panzeri, S. &  Diamond, M.E. (2015) "Complementary Contributions of Spike Timing and Spike Rate to Perceptual Decisions in Rat S1 and S2 Cortex" Curr. Biol. 25, 357-363


Greenberg, D.S., Wallace, D.J. & Kerr, J.N. (2014) "Imaging neuronal population activity in awake and anesthetized rodents" Cold Spring Harb. Protoc. 2014, 912-922


Helmchen, F., Denk, W. & Kerr, J.N. (2013) "Miniaturization of two-photon microscopy for imaging in freely moving animals" Imaging Neurons. Cold Spring Harb. Protoc. 2013, 904-913

Wallace, D.J., Greenberg, D.S., Sawinski, J., Rulla, S., Notaro, G. & Kerr, J.N. (2013) "Rats maintain an overhead binocular field at the expense of constant fusion" Nature 498, 65-69

Pawlak, V., Greenberg, D.S., Sprekeler, H., Gerstner, W. & Kerr, J.N. (2013) "Changing the responses of cortical neurons from sub- to suprathreshold using single spikes in vivo" eLife 2, e00012


Kerr, J.N. & Nimmerjahn, A. (2012) "Functional imaging in freely moving animals" Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 22, 45-53


Meyer, H.S., Schwarz, D., Wimmer, V.C., Schmitt, A.C., Kerr, J.N., Sakmann, B. & Helmstaedter, M. (2011) "Inhibitory interneurons in a cortical column form hot zones of inhibition in layers 2 and 5A" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108, 16807-16812

Mittmann, W., Wallace, D.J., Czubayko, U., Herb, J.T., Schaefer, A.T., Looger, L.L., Denk, W. & Kerr, J.N. (2011) "Two-photon calcium imaging of evoked activity from L5 somatosensory neurons in vivo" Nat. Neurosci. 14, 1089-1093


Pawlak, V., Wickens, J.R., Kirkwood, A. & Kerr, J.N. (2010) "Timing is not Everything: Neuromodulation Opens the STDP Gate" Front. Synaptic Neurosci. 2, 146

Wallace, D.J. & Kerr, J.N. (2010) "Chasing the cell assembly" Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 20, 296-305


Sawinski, J., Wallace, D.J., Greenberg, D.S., Grossmann, S., Denk, W. & Kerr, J.N. (2009) "Visually evoked activity in cortical cells imaged in freely moving animals" Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 19557-19562

Greenberg, D.S. & Kerr, J.N. (2009) "Automated correction of fast motion artifacts for two-photon imaging of awake animals" J. Neurosci. Methods 176, 1-15


Wallace, D.J., Meyer zum Alten Borgloh, S., Astori, S., Yang, Y., Bausen, M., Kugler, S., Palmer, A.E., Tsien, R.Y., Sprengel, R., Kerr, J.N., Denk, W. & Hasan, M.T. (2008) "Single-spike detection in vitro and in vivo with a genetic Ca2+ sensor" Nat. Meth. 5, 797-804

Greenberg, D.S., Houweling, A.R. & Kerr, J.N. (2008) "Population imaging of ongoing neuronal activity in the visual cortex of awake rats" Nat. Neurosci. 11, 749-751

Pawlak, V. & Kerr, J.N. (2008) "Dopamine receptor activation is required for corticostriatal spike-timing-dependent plasticity" J. Neurosci. 28, 2435-2446

Kerr, J.N. & Denk, W. (2008) "Imaging in vivo: watching the brain in action" Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 9, 195-205