Behavior and Brain Organization


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



Wallace, D.J. & Kerr, J.N. (2019) „Circuit interrogation in freely moving animals“ Nat. Methods 16, 9-11
DOI: Opens external link in new window10.1038/s41592-018-0275-9


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