Research Topics

Stephen D Van Hooser


Affiliation: Brandeis University
Country: USA


  1. Zaltsman J, Heimel J, Van Hooser S. Weak orientation and direction selectivity in lateral geniculate nucleus representing central vision in the gray squirrel Sciurus carolinensis. J Neurophysiol. 2015;113:2987-97 pubmed publisher
    ..As in other mammals, this small contribution is elevated in the calbindin-positive layers of the LGN. ..
  2. Roy A, Osik J, Ritter N, Wang S, Shaw J, Fiser J, et al. Optogenetic spatial and temporal control of cortical circuits on a columnar scale. J Neurophysiol. 2016;115:1043-62 pubmed publisher
    ..These results demonstrate that optogenetic stimulation can sculpt the developing brain. ..
  3. Popović M, Stacy A, Kang M, Nanu R, Oettgen C, Wise D, et al. Development of Cross-Orientation Suppression and Size Tuning and the Role of Experience. J Neurosci. 2018;38:2656-2670 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results are consistent with the idea that a majority of the basic properties of sensory neurons in primary visual cortex are derived independent of the experience of an individual animal. ..
  4. Ritter N, Anderson N, Van Hooser S. Visual Stimulus Speed Does Not Influence the Rapid Emergence of Direction Selectivity in Ferret Visual Cortex. J Neurosci. 2017;37:1557-1567 pubmed publisher
  5. Christie I, Miller P, Van Hooser S. Cortical amplification models of experience-dependent development of selective columns and response sparsification. J Neurophysiol. 2017;118:874-893 pubmed publisher
    ..We propose that neighboring cortical columns may initially exhibit coupling that is too strong for selectivity. Experience-dependent mechanisms decrease this coupling so individual columns can exhibit selectivity. ..