Journal Club


Apr 6, 2020. Spontaneous generation of face recognition in untrained deep neural networks Seungdae Baek, Min Song, Jaeson Jang, Gwangsu Kim, Se-Bum Paik bioRxiv 857466, 2020. Presented by Kasper Vinken

Mar 24, 2020. A distributional code for value in dopamine-based reinforcement learning. Dabney, W., Kurth-Nelson, Z., Uchida, N., Starkweather, C. K., Hassabis, D., Munos, R., & Botvinick, M. Nature 2020. Presented by Pranav Misra.

Feb 24, 2020. Constant sub-second cycling between representations of possible futures in the hippocampus. Kay K et al, Cell 2020. Presented by Jie Zheng

Feb 10, 2020. Frontal cortex neuron types categorically encode single decision variables. Hirokawa et al, Nature 2019. Presented by David Mazumder.


Dec 10, 2019. Widespread temporal coding of cognitive control in the human prefrontal cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 2019. Presented by Yuchen Xiao.

Dec 6, 2019 [Harvard-MIT Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club]. A Unifying Mechanistic Model of the AuditoryCortex with Inhibitory Subtypes. Youngmin Park and Maria N. Geffen

Nov 26, 2019. Coordinated representational reinstatement in the human hippocampus and lateral temporal cortex during episodic memory retrieval. Estefan, D.P., Sánchez-Fibla, M., Duff, A., Principe, A., Rocamora, R., Zhang, H., Axmacher, N. and Verschure, P.F.M.J. Presented by Mengmi Zhang.

Nov 22, 2019 [Harvard-MIT Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club]. Fundamental bounds on learning performance in neural circuits. Raman, Rotondo and O'Leary.

Nov 15, 2019 [Harvard-MIT Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club]. Prioritized memory access explains planning and hippocampal replay. Marcelo G Mattar and Nathaniel D. Daw.

Nov 12, 2019. Simultaneous multi-area recordings suggest that attention improves performance by reshaping stimulus representations. Ruff, D.A. and Cohen, M.R., 2019.Nature Neuroscience, 2019. Presented by Kasper Vinken.

Nov 8, 2019 [Harvard-MIT Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club]. Real-time decoding of question-and-answer speech dialogue using human cortical activity (Moses et al., 2019).

Oct 29, 2019. Hippocampal sharp-wave ripples linked to visual episodic recollection in humans. Norman, Y., Yeagle, E.M., Khuvis, S., Harel, M., Mehta, A.D. and Malach, R., 2019. Science, 365(6454). Presented by David Mazumder.

Oct 25, 2019 [Harvard-MIT Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club]. Stable memory with unstable synapses. Lee Susman, Naama Brener, and Omri Barak.

Oct 15, 2019. Inferring single-trial neural population dynamics using sequential auto-encoders. Pandarinath et al. Nature Methods, 2018. Presented by Jie Zheng.

Oct 11, 2019 [Harvard-MIT Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club]. Convergent Temperature Representations in Artificial and Biological Neural Networks. Haesemeyer et al. Neuron 2019.

Oct 1, 2019. Neurophysiological dynamics of phase-structure building during sentence processing. Nelson et al. PNAS 2017. Presented by Pranav Misra and Gabriel Kreiman.

Sep 27, 2019 [Harvard-MIT Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Journal Club]. A mathematical theory of semantic development in deep neural networks. Andrew M. Saxe, James L. McClelland and Surya Ganguli.

Jan 17, 2019. Neural mechanisms of dual-task interference and cognitive capacity limitation in the prefrontal cortex. Watanabe and Funahashi, Nat Neurosci. 2014. Presented by Frederico Azevedo


Nov 15, 2018. A theory of multineuronal dimensionality, dynamics and measurement. Gao et al, bioRxiv 2018. Presented by Will Xiao.

Sep 28, 2018. Noninvasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Temporally Interfering Electric Fields. Grossman et al, Cell 2017. Presented by Joe Olson.

Sep 20, 2018. Spatial spread of local field potential is band-pass in the primary visual cortex. Dubey et al, J. Neurophysiology 2016. Presented by Jerry Wang.

Aug 2, 2018. Clustering and compositionality of task representations in a neural network trained to perform many cognitive tasks. Yang et al (2017). Presented by Joel Dapello.

July 25, 2018. Cliques of neurons bound into cavities provide a missing link between structure and function. Reimann et al (2017). Presented by Matthias Tsai

July 16, 2018. Theta oscillations in the human medial temporal lobe during real-world ambulatory movement. Aghajan et al (2018). Presented by Stephan Grzelkowski.

June 21, 2018. Neural scene representation and rendering. Eslami et al (2018). Presented by Mengmi Zhang.

June 14, 2018. Vector-based navigation using grid-like representations in artificial agents. Banino et al (2018). Nature. Presented by Vincent Jacquot.

June 7, 2018. An information integration theory of consciousness. Giulio Tononi (2004). BMC Neuroscience. Presented by Jerry Wang.

May 30, 2018. Understanding deep learning requires rethinking generalization. Zhang et al (2017). arXiv. Presented by Xavier Boix

May 10, 2018. The threshold for conscious report: Signal loss and response bias in visual and frontal cortex. Bram van Vugt et al.(2018). Science. Presented by Josephine Cruzat.

May 3rd, 2018. The temporal paradox of Hebbian learnign and homeostatic plasticity. Zenke et al (2017). Current Opinion in Neurobiology. Presented by Joseph Olson.

Apr 10th, 2018. Visual Attribute Transfer Through Deep Image Analogy. Liao et al (2017). ( Presented by Duncan Stothers

February 28th, 2018. Phase-dependent neuronal coding of objects in short-term memory. Siegel et al, PNAS (2009). Presented by Frederico Azevedo.

February 14th, 2018. A multimodal parcellation of human cerebral cortex. Glasser et al, Nature (2016). Presented by Jerry Wang.

January 11th, 2018. Synchronous Oscillatory Neural Ensembles for Rules in the Prefrontal Cortex. Neuron (2012). Presented by Xavier Boix.


Nov 2nd, 2017. Object detection through search with a foveated visual system. Akbas et al. PLoS Computational Biology(2017). Presented by Farah Wick.

Oct 26th, 2017. Spatial scale of receptive fields in the visual sector of the cat thalamic reticular nucleus. Soto-Sánchez et al. Nature Communications (2017). Presented by Eleonora Iaselli.

Oct 19th, 2017. A dedicated network for social interaction processing in the primate brain. Sliwa and Freiwald, Science (2017). Presented by Leila Isik.

Oct 3th, 2017. Cortical information flow during flexible sensorimotor decisions. Siegel et al, Science (2015) 348: 1352-1355. Presented by Xavier Boix.

Sep 14th, 2017. A Weighted and Directed Interareal Connectivity Matrix for Macaque Cerebral Cortex. Markov NT et al. Cerebral Cortex (2014) 24:17-36. Presented by Jerry Wang.

Sep 7th, 2017. Inferring learning rules from distributions of firing rates in cortical neurons. Sukbin Lim, Jillian L McKee, Luke Woloszyn, Yali Amit, David J Freedman, David L Sheinberg & Nicolas Brunel. Nature Neuroscience (2015) 18:1804-1810. Presented by Joe Olson.

Aug 3rd, 2017. A source for feature-based attention in the prefrontal cortex. Bichot, NP, Heard MT, DeGennaro EM, Desimone R. Neuron (2015) 88:832-844. Presented by Frederico Azevedo.

July 20th, 2017. Dissociated functional significance of decision-related activity in the primate dorsal stream. Katz LN, Yates JL, Pillow JW, Huk AC. Nature. 2016 Jul 14;535(7611):285-8. doi: 10.1038/nature18617. Presented by Gabriel Kreiman.