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Stephanie Palmer

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentOrg.Bio./Anatomy
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    I study how populations of neurons collectively encode information present in their inputs and how they perform computations on these signals. The brain performs several classes of computation including signal comparison, prediction, error correction, and learning. To investigate these phenomena, I work with experimentalists on a variety of systems: predictive coding in the retina and visual cortex of the rodent, motion coding in area MT, and temporal coding in the zebra finch song system. From these studies, several general principles have emerged, which guide my current research: the hypothesis that neurons are optimized to predict their future inputs, that information in neural populations is represented combinatorially, and that coding in sensori-motor systems is highly dynamic and behaviorally dependent. By working closely with experimentalists, we constrain and test these theories of neural population coding with detailed measurements.


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    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MIBS05/1997Chemical Physics
    University of Oxford, England, UKDPhil04/2001Theoretical Physics
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CAPostdoctoral09/2005Neuroscience
    Princetion University, Princeton, NJPostdoctoral03/2012Neuroscience

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    1. Westerman EL, VanKuren NW, Massardo D, Tenger-Trolander A, Zhang W, Hill RI, Perry M, Bayala E, Barr K, Chamberlain N, Douglas TE, Buerkle N, Palmer SE, Kronforst MR. Aristaless Controls Butterfly Wing Color Variation Used in Mimicry and Mate Choice. Curr Biol. 2018 Nov 05; 28(21):3469-3474.e4. PMID: 30415702.
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    2. Lombardo JA, Macellaio MV, Liu B, Palmer SE, Osborne LC. State dependence of stimulus-induced variability tuning in macaque MT. PLoS Comput Biol. 2018 10; 14(10):e1006527. PMID: 30312315.
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    3. Sederberg AJ, MacLean JN, Palmer SE. Learning to make external sensory stimulus predictions using internal correlations in populations of neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 01 30; 115(5):1105-1110. PMID: 29348208.
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    4. Zhang W, Westerman E, Nitzany E, Palmer S, Kronforst MR. Tracing the origin and evolution of supergene mimicry in butterflies. Nat Commun. 2017 11 07; 8(1):1269. PMID: 29116078.
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    5. Nitzany EI, Loe ME, Palmer SE, Victor JD. Perceptual interaction of local motion signals. J Vis. 2016 11 01; 16(14):22. PMID: 27902829.
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    6. Sederberg AJ, Palmer SE, MacLean JN. Decoding thalamic afferent input using microcircuit spiking activity. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Apr 01; 113(7):2921-33. PMID: 25695647.
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