Margaret E. Sereno

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Research Interests and Publications

Dr. Sereno studies the representation of shape and space in the primate brain using experimental and computational approaches.  Her recent work has focused on investigating the neural basis of 3D form perception using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in humans and monkeys, the relationship between shape constancy and the artistic skill of drawing, spatial navigation and map use, and responses to nature’s patterns (fractals).  Additional collaborative projects focus on the representation of space from eye-position modulated neural signals and the interaction between perception and language.

Selected Publications:

Sereno, A.B., Lehky, S.R., & Sereno, M.E. (2019, in press). Representation of shape, space, and attention in monkey cortex. Cortex.

Abboushi, B., Elzeyadi, I., Taylor, R.P., & Sereno, M.E. (2019). Fractals in Architecture: The visual interest, preference, and mood response to projected fractal light patterns in interior spaces. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 61, 57-70

Taylor, R.P., Juliani, A.W., Bies, A.J., Boydston, C.R., Spehar, B., & Sereno, M.E. (2018). The implications of fractal fluency for biophilic architecture. Journal of BioUrbanism, 6, 23-40.

Bies, A.J., Boydston, C.R., Taylor, R.P., & Sereno, M.E. (2016). Relationship between fractal dimension and spectral decay rate in computer-generated fractals. Symmetry, 8:66.

Juliani, A.W., Bies, A.J., Boydston, C.R., Taylor, R.P., & Sereno, M.E. (2016). Navigation performance in virtual environments varies as a function of fractal dimension. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47:155-165.

Bies, A.J., Blanc-Goldhammer, D.R., Boydston, C.R., Taylor, R.P., & Sereno, M.E. (2016). Aesthetic responses to exact fractals driven by physical complexity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:210.

Lehky, S.R., Sereno, M.E., & Sereno, A.B. (2016). Characteristics of eye-position gain field populations determine geometry of visual space. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 9:72.

Sereno, A.B., Sereno, M.E., Lehky, S.R. (2014). Recovering stimulus locations using populations of eye-position modulated neurons in dorsal and ventral visual streams of nonhuman primates. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 8:28.

Lehky, S.R., Sereno, M.E., & Sereno, A.B. (2013). Population coding and the labeling problem: extrinsic versus intrinsic representations. Neural Computation, 25, 2235-2264.

Sereno, S.C., O'Donnell, P.J., & Sereno, M.E. Size matters: Bigger is faster. (2009). The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 1115-1122.

Peng, X., Sereno, M.E., Silva, A.K., Lehky, S.R., & Sereno, A.B. (2008). Shape selectivity in primate frontal eye field. Journal of Neurophysiology, 100, 796-814.

Sereno, M.E., Trinath, T., Augath, M., & Logothetis, N.K. (2002). Three-dimensional shape representation in monkey cortex. Neuron, 33, 635-652.

Sereno, M.E., & Sereno, M.I. (1999). 2-D center-surround effects on 3-D structure-from-motion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25, 1834-1854.

Sereno, M.E. (1993). Neural Computation of Pattern Motion: Modeling Stages of Motion Analysis in the Primate Visual Cortex. Cambridge: MIT Press/Bradford Books. (187 pp.)

Zhang, K., Sereno, M.I., & Sereno, M.E. (1993). Emergence of position-independent detections of sense of rotation or dilation with Hebbian Learning: An analysis. Neural Computation, 5, 597-612.

Sereno, M.I., & Sereno, M.E. (1991). Learning to see rotation and dilation with a Hebb rule. In Lippmann, R.P., Moody, J., Touretzky, D.S. (eds.) Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 3. San Mateo, CA: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 320-326.

Sereno, M.E. (1987). Implementing stages of motion analysis in neural networks. In Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 405-416.