Cohen Lab

Original Research

Ni AM, Bowes BS, Ruff DA, Cohen MR (2022, in press). Methylphenidate as a causal test of translational and basic neural coding hypotheses. In press at PNAS, bioRxiv doi:
Rouse TC, Ni AM, Huang C, Cohen MR (2021). Topological insights into the neural basis of flexible behavior. bioRxiv doi:
Xue C, Kramer LE, Cohen MR (2021). Dynamic task-belief is an integral part of decision-making. bioRxiv 2021.04.05.438491 doi:
Srinath R, Ruff DA, Cohen MR (2021). Attention improves information flow between neuronal populations without changing the communication subspace. Curr Biol. 2021 Dec 6;31(23):5299-5313.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.09.076.
Haimerl C, Ruff DA, Cohen, MR, Savin C, Simoncelli EP (2021). Targeted comodulation supports flexible and accurate decoding in V1. bioRxiv 2021.02.23.432351; doi:
Ruff DA, Xue C, Kramer LE, Baqai F, and Cohen MR (2020). Low rank mechanisms underlying flexible visual representations. in press at PNAS; bioRxiv doi:
Huang C, Ruff DA, Pyle R, Rosenbaum R, Cohen MR, Doiron B (2019). Circuit models of low-dimensional shared variability in cortical networks. Neuron, 101(2):337-348.
Ruff DA, Brainard DH, and Cohen MR (2018). Neuronal population mechanisms of lightness perception. J Neurophysiology, doi: 10.1152/jn.00906.2017.
Ni AM, Ruff DA, Alberts JJ, Symmonds J, and Cohen MR (2018). Learning and attention reveal a general relationship between population activity and behavior. Science 359(6374), pp. 463-465.
Ruff DA, Alberts JJ and Cohen MR (2016). Relating normalization to neuronal populations across cortical areas. J Neurophys.
Oby ER, Perel S, Sadtler P, Ruff DA, Mischel JL, Montez DF, Cohen MR, Batista AP, Chase SM (2016). Extracellular voltage threshold settings can be tuned for optimal encoding of movement and stimulus parameters. J Neural Eng, 13(3):036009.
Rabinowitz NC, Goris RL, Cohen MR, and Simoncelli EP (2015). Attention stabilizes the shared gain of V4 populations. Elife, November 2; 4:e08998.
Mayo JP, Cohen MR, and Maunsell JHR (2015). A refined neuronal population measure of visual attention. PLOS One, 10(8):e0136570.
Ruff DA and Cohen MR (2014). Global cognitive factors modulate correlated response variability between V4 neurons. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(49):16408-16.
Ruff DA and Cohen MR (2014). Attention can either increase or decrease spike count correlations in visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience 17(11):1591-7.
Cohen MR and Maunsell JHR (2011). When attention wanders: how uncontrolled fluctuations in attention affect performance. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(44):15802-06.
Cohen MR and Maunsell JHR (2010). A neuronal population measure of attention predicts behavioral performance on individual trials. Journal of Neuroscience, 30:15241-53.
Churchland MM, Yu BM, Cunningham JP, Sugrue LP, Cohen MR, Corrado GS, Newsome WT, Clark AM Hosseini P, Scott BB, Bradley DC, Smith MA, Kohn A, Movshon JA, Armstrong KM, Moore T, Chang SW, Snyder LH, Priebe NJ, Finn IM, Ferster D, Ryu SI, Santhanam G, Sahani M, and Shenoy KV (2010). Stimulus onset quenches neural variability: a widespread cortical phenomenon. Nature Neuroscience, 13(3):369-78.
Cohen MR and Maunsell JHR (2009). Attention improves performance primarily by reducing interneuronal correlations. Nature Neuroscience, 12(12):1594-1600.
Cohen MR and Newsome WT (2009). Estimates of the contribution of single neurons to perception depend on timescale and noise correlation. Journal of Neuroscience, 29:6635-48.
Cohen MR and Newsome WT (2008). Context-dependent changes in functional circuitry in visual area MT. Neuron, 60(1):162-173. News and Views by Alexandre Pouget and Gregory DeAngelis.
Barberini CL, Cohen MR, Wandell BA and Newsome WT (2005). Cone signal interactions in direction-selective neurons in the middle temporal visual area (MT). Journal of Vision, 5:603-621.
Cohen MR, Meissner GW, Schafer RJ, and Raymond JL (2004). Reversal of motor learning in the vestibulo-ocular reflex in the absence of visual input. Learning and Memory, 11(5):559-565.


Ruff DA and Cohen MR (2014). Relating the activity of sensory neurons to perception. In The Cognitive Neurosciences (MIT Press).
Cohen MR and Maunsell JHR (2014). Neuronal mechanisms of spatial attention in visual cerebral cortex. In The Oxford Handbook of Attention.
Ruff DA and Cohen MR (2013). Pursuing the link between neurons and behavior. Neuron 2013; 79:6-9.
Cohen MR (2012). When Attention Wanders. Science 5 October 2012: 338 (6103), 58-59. [DOI:10.1126/science.1229552]
Nienborg H*, Cohen MR*, and Cumming BG (2012). Decision-related activity in sensory neurons: correlations among neurons and with behavior. Annu Rev Neurosci, 2012 April 5 (Epub ahead of print)
Cohen MR and Kohn AK (2011). Measuring and interpreting neuronal correlations. Nature Neuroscience, 14:811-809.
Cohen MR and Newsome WT (2004). What electrical microstimulation has revealed about the neural basis of cognition. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 14:1-9.
* These authors contributed equally.