The research in this lab centers around two main themes: sensorimotor integration and visual perception.

Our approaches include neurophysiology, oculomotor behavior, visual psychophysics, and fMRI imaging.

Some of the topics covered by research in the Ferrera Lab include the following:

The dorsal medial frontal cortex is sensitive to time on task, not response conflict or error likelihood.

Grinband J, Savitskaya J, Wager TD, Teichert         T, Ferrera VP, Hirsch J. Neuroimage. 2011 57(2):303-11.


Recent Papers:

Manipulating Cognition and Behavior with Microstimulation: Implications for Cognitive Prostheses.
Opris I, Ferrera VP.
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 2014

Orienting of attention to gaze direction cues in rhesus macaques: species-specificity, and effects of cue motion and reward predictiveness.
Yu D, Teichert T, Ferrera VP.
Frontiers in Psychology. 2012 3:202.

Noninvasive, transient and selective blood-brain barrier opening in non-human primates in vivo.
Marquet F, Tung YS, Teichert T, Ferrera VP, Konofagou EE.
PLoS One. 2011 6(7):e22598

Conflict, error likelihood, and RT: Response to Brown & Yeung et al.
Grinband J, Savitskaya J, Wager TD, Teichert T, Ferrera VP, Hirsch J.
Neuroimage. 2011 57(2):320-2

Suboptimal integration of reward magnitude and prior reward likelihood in categorical decisions by monkeys.
Teichert T, Ferrera VP.
Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2010 4:186

Internally generated error signals in monkey frontal eye field during an inferred motion task.

Ferrera VP, Barborica A.

Journal of Neuroscience. 2010 30(35):11612-23

Effects of heartbeat and respiration on macaque fMRI: implications for functional connectivity.

Teichert T, Grinband J, Hirsch J, Ferrera VP.

Neuropsychologia. 2010 48(7):1886-94

Frontal eye field neurons signal changes in decision criteria.

Ferrera VP, Yanike M, Cassanello C.

Nature Neuroscience. 2009 12(11):1458-62

Detection of time-varying signals in event-related fMRI designs.

Grinband J, Wager TD, Lindquist M, Ferrera VP, Hirsch J.

Neuroimage. 2008 43(3):509-20

Neuronal responses to moving targets in monkey frontal eye fields.

Cassanello CR, Nihalani AT, Ferrera VP.

Journal of Neurophysiology. 2008 100(3):1544-56

Visual remapping by vector subtraction: analysis of multiplicative gain field models.

Cassanello CR, Ferrera VP.

Neural Computation. 2007 19(9):2353-86.

Computing vector differences using a gain field-like mechanism in monkey frontal eye field.

Cassanello CR, Ferrera VP.

Journal of Physiology. 2007 582(Pt 2):647-64