Kylie Isenburg, Thomas M Morin, Maya L Rosen, David C Somers, Chantal E Stern (2023). Functional network reconfiguration supporting memory-guided attention, Cerebral Cortex, bhad073,

Vaibhav Tripathi, David C Somers – Predicting an Individual’s Cerebellar Activity from Functional Connectivity Fingerprints bioRxiv (2023).

Vaibhav Tripathi, David C Somers – Alpha Beta Peak Frequency shift associated with Default Mode and Dorsal Attention Network functional connectivity bioRxiv (2023).

Noyce, A. L., Lefco, R.W., Brissenden, J.A., Tobyne, S.M., Shinn-Cunningham B.G., and Somers, D.C. (2022). Extended frontal networks for visual and auditory working memory. Cerebral Cortex, 32, 855-869.

Pamir, Z., Bauer, C.M., Bailin, E.S., Bex, P.J., Somers, D.C., and Merabet, L.B. (2021). Neural Correlates Associated with Impaired Global Motion Perception in Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI). NeuroImage: Clinical, 32, 102821.

Somers, D.C., Michalka, S.W., Tobyne, S.M., and Noyce, A. L. (2021). Individual Subject Approaches to Mapping Sensory-Biased and Multiple-Demand Regions in Human Frontal Cortex. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 40, 169-177.

Devaney, K.D., Levin, E.J., Tripathi, V., Higgins, J.P., Lazar, S.W. and Somers, D.C. (2021).  Attention and Default Mode Network Assessments of
Meditation Experience during Active Cognition and Rest. Brain Sciences, 11, 566.

Von Lühmann, A., Zhang, Y., Ortega Martinez, A., Kiran, S., Somers, D.C., Cronin-Golomb, A.C., Awad, L, Ellis, T. Boas, D, Yücel, M. (2021). Towards Neuroscience of the Everyday World (NEW) using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering, 18:100272.

Brissenden, J.A., Tobyne, S.M., Halko, M.A. and Somers, D.C. (2021). Stimulus-Specific Visual Working Memory Representations in Human Cerebellar Lobule VIIb/VIIIa. Journal of Neuroscience, 41:1033-1045.

Lefco, R.W., Brissenden, J.A., Noyce, A. L., Tobyne, S.M., and Somers, D.C. (2020). Gradients Of Functional Organization In Posterior Parietal Cortex Revealed By Visual Attention, Visual Short-Term Memory, And Intrinsic Functional Connectivity. NeuroImage, 219, 117029.

Devaney, K.J.,  Rosen, M.L., Levin, E.J., and Somers D.C. (2019). Identification of Visual Attentional Regions of the Temporoparietal Junction inIndividual Subjects using a Vivid, Novel Oddball Paradigm. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 13:424. pdf

Osher, D.E., Brissenden, J.A., and Somers, D.C. (2019). Predicting an Individual’s Dorsal Attention Network Activity From Functional Connectivity Fingerprints. Journal of Neurophysiology, 122, 232-240. pdf

Brissenden, J.A., and Somers, D.C. (2019). Cortico-Cerebellar Networks for Visual Attention and Working Memory. Current Opinion in Psychology, 29, 239-247. pdf

Brissenden, J.A., Tobyne, S.M, Osher, D.E., Levin, E.J., Halko, M.A., Somers, D.C. (2018). Topographic Cortico-cerebellar Networks Revealed by Visual Attention and Working Memory. Current Biology, 28, 1-9. pdf

Tobyne, S.M., Somers, D.C., Brissenden, J.A., Michalka, S.W., Noyce, A.L., Osher, D.E. (2018) Prediction of individualized task activation in sensory modality-selective frontal cortex with ‘connectome fingerprinting.’ NeuroImage, 183:173-185. pdf

Rosen, M.L., Stern, C.E., Devaney, K.J., and Somers, D.C. (2018) Cortical and Sub-cortical Contributions to Long-Term Memory-Guided Visuospatial Attention. Cerebral Cortex, 28, 2935-2947. pdf

Sheremata, S.L, Somers, D.C., Shomstein, S. (2018) Visual Short-Term Memory Activity in Parietal Lobe Reflects Cognitive Processes beyond Selective Attention. Journal of Neuroscience, 38(6):1511-1519.

Tobyne, S.M., Osher, D.E., Michalka., and Somers, D.C. (2017) Sensory-biased attention networks in human lateral frontal cortex revealed by intrinsic functional connectivity. NeuroImage, 162, 362-372.

Noyce, A. L., Cistero, N, Michalka, S.W., Shinn-Cunningham, B.G., Somers, D.C. (2017). Sensory-biased and multiple-demand processing in human lateral frontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 37(36): 8755-8766.

Brissenden, J.A., Levin, E.J., Osher, D.E., Halko, M.A., Somers, D.C. (2016) Functional evidence for a cerebellar node of the dorsal attention network. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(22): 6083-6096.

Brissenden, J. A., Levin, E. J., Osher, D. E., Halko, M. A., & Somers, D. C. (2016) Functional Evidence for a Cerebellar Node of the Dorsal Attention Network. Journal of Neuroscience36(22):6083-6096. pdf

Noyce, A. L., Cestero, N., Shinn-Cunningham, B. G., & Somers, D. C. (2016) Short-Term Memory Stores Organized by Information Domain. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. 78(3):960-970. pdf

Merabet, L.B., Devaney, K.J., Bauer, C.M., Panja, A., Heidary, G., Somers, D.C. (2016). Characterizing Visual Field Deficits in Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Using Combined Diffusion Based Imagine and Functional Retinotopic Mapping: A Case Study. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, Vol 10, Article 13. pdf

Norton, D.J., Nguyen, V.A., Lewis, M.F., Reynolds, G.O., Somers, D.C., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2016). Visuospatial attention to single and multiple objects is independently impaired in Parkinson’s disease. PLoS One. pdf

Rosen, M.L., Stern, C.E., Michalka, S.W., Devaney, K.J., and Somers, D.C. (2015/16) Cognitive Control Network Contributions to Memory-Guided Visual Attention. Cerebral Cortex, 26: 2059-2073. pdf

Michalka, S.W., Rosen M.L., Kong L., Shinn-Cunningham B.G., Somers DC. (2015/16) Auditory Spatial Coding Flexibly Recruits Anterior, but Not Posterior, Visuotopic Parietal Cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 26: 1302-1308. pdf

Michalka, M.W., Kong, L., Rosen, M.L., Shinn-Cunningham, B.G., Somers, D.C. (2015) Short-Term Memory for Space and Time Flexibly Recruit Complementary Sensory-Biased Frontal Lobe Attention Networks. Neuron. 87: 882-892. pdf

Rosen, M.L., Stern, C.E., Michalka, S.W., Devaney, K.D., and Somers, D.C. (2015).  Influences of Long-Term Memory-Guided Attention and Stimulus-Guided Attention on Visuospatial Representations within Human Intraparietal Sulcus. Journal of Neuroscience. 35(32):11358 –11363. pdf

Putcha, D., Ross, R., Rosen, M.L., Norton, D.,  Cronin-Golomb, A, Somers, D., and Stern, C. (2014)   Functional correlates of optic flow motion processing in Parkinson’s disease.  Front. Integr. Neurosci. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2014.00057 pdf

Rosen, M.L., Stern, C.E., and Somers, D.C. (2014) Long-Term Memory Guidance of Visuospatial Attention in a Change Detection Paradigm. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 266. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00266 pdf

Somers, D.C. & Sheremata S.L. (2013) Attention Maps in the Brain. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, doi: 10.1002/wcs.1230 pdf

Somers, D.C. (2013) Attentional “spotlight” in Early Visual Cortex. New Visual Neurosciences, Eds. J. Werner, L. Chalupa. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Kong, L., Michalka, S.W., Rosen, M.L., Sheremata, S.L., Swisher, J.D., Shinn-Cunningham, B.S., Somers, D.C. (2012) Auditory Spatial Attention Representations in the Human Cerebral Cortex, Cereb Cortex. 24: 773-784 pdf

Bettencourt, K.C., Michalka, S.M., and Somers, D.C. (2011) Shared Filtering Processes Link Attentional and Visual Short-Term Memory Capacity Limits. Journal of Vision, Vol. 11, No. 10, Article 22. pdf

Sheremata, S.L, Bettencourt, K.C., Somers, D.C. (2010) Hemispheric asymmetry in visuotopic posterior parietal cortex emerges with visual short-term memory load. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 12581-8. pdf

Fleming, G., Sheremata, S.L., Somers, D.C. (2009) Cross-hemifield attention benefits for visual short-term memory. Journal of Vision, 9(8):178-178.

Bettencourt, K.C. and Somers, D.C. (2009) Effects of target enhancement and distractor suppression on multiple object tracking capacity.  Journal of Vision, 9(7): 9, 1-11. pdf

Halko, M., Mingolla, E., Somers, D.C. (2008) Multiple mechanisms of illusory contour perception. Journal of Vision, 8(11):17, 1-17. pdf

Schon, K., Tinaz, S., Somers, D.C., Stern, C.E. (2008) Delayed match to object or place: An event-related fMRI study of short-term stimulus maintenance and the role of stimulus pre-exposure. Neuroimage, 39, 857-872. pdf

Cassidy, B.S., Sheremata, S., Somers, D.C. (2007) Spatially specific training effects in multiple spotlight attention. Journal of Vision, 7(9): 700-700.

Swisher, JD, Halko, MA, Merabet, L, McMains, SA, Somers, D.C. (2007) Visual Topography of Human Intraparietal Sulcus.  Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 5326-37. pdf

Merabet, L, Swisher, JD, McMains, SA, Halko, MA, Amedi, A, Pascual-Leone, A, Somers, D.C. (2007) Combined activation and deactivation of visual cortex during tactile sensory processing. J Neurophysiol 97, 1633-41. pdf

McMains, S.A., and Somers, D.C. (2005). Processing efficiency of divided spatial attention mechanisms in human visual cortex.  Journal of Neuroscience, 25, 9444-8.

Logvinenko, A.D., Adelson, E.H., Ross, D.A. & Somers, D.C. (2005). Straightness as a cue for luminance edge classification. Perception & Psychophysics, 67, 120-128.

Somers, D.C. and McMains, S. (2005) Spatially-Specific Attentional Modulation Revealed by fMRI. Neurobiology of Attention.  L. Itti, G. Rees, J. Tsotsos (Eds.) pp 377—382. New York: Academic Press.

Merabet, L.B., Rizzo, J.F., Somers, D.C., Pascual-Leone, A.(2005) What blindness can tell us about seeing again. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 6, 71-77.

McMains, S. and Somers, D.C. (2004) Multiple Spotlights of Attentional Selection in Human Visual Cortex. Neuron, 42, 677-686.

  • See also Commentary on McMains & Somers 2004 by F. Tong, Neuron, 42. 524-526. “the present study provides a rare example of how neuroimaging data can be gathered to test the predictions of a cognitive theory

Seiffert, A.E., Somers, D.C., Dale, A.M., and Tootell, R.B.H. (2003) Functional MRI studies of human motion perception: Texture, luminance, attention, and after-effects. Cerebral Cortex 13, 340-349.

McMains, S. and Somers, D.C. (2002) Functional MRI investigation of multiple foci of visual spatial attention: More than one spotlight? Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 5.

Somers, D.C., Dragoi V., and Sur, M. (2001) Orientation selectivity and its modulation by local and long-range connections in visual cortex.  Cerebral Cortex, Volume 15, Cat Primary Visual Cortex.  B. Payne and A. Peters (Eds.) pp 471—520. New York: Academic Press.

Kwong, K.K., Somers, D.C., Wu, O. and Chesler, D. A. (1999) High temporal resolution event-related fMRI. Ultrafast Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine. S. Naruse and H. Watari (Ed.) pp 149-152.  Amsterdam: Elsevier Science.

Somers, D.C., Dale, A.M., Seiffert, A.E., and Tootell, R.B.H. (1999) Functional MRI reveals spatially specific attentional modulation in human primary visual cortex,  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.,  96, 1663-1668.

  • See also Commentary on Somers et al. 1999 by M.I. Posner & C.D. Gilbert,  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA.,  96,. 2585-2587.

Somers, D.C., Dale, A.M., Seiffert, A.E., and Tootell, R.B.H. (1998) fMRI Analysis of 2nd-Order Visual Motion Perception and Attentive-Tracking. NeuroImage, 7: 134.

Somers, D.C., Todorov, E.V., Siapas, A.G., Toth, L.J., Kim, D.S., and Sur, M. (1998)  A local circuit integration approach to understanding visual cortical receptive fields,  Cerebral Cortex,  8, 204-217. Cover Feature.

Adelson, E.H., Somers, D.C. (1997) Atmospheric boundaries in lightness perception. Perception, 26: 234.

Somers, D.C., Todorov, E.V., Siapas, A.G., and Sur, M. (1997) A local circuit integration approach to understanding visual cortical receptive fields.  Computational Neuroscience, Trends in Research, pp 505–510.

Somers, D.C. and Adelson, E.H. (1997) Junctions, transparency, and brightness. Invest. Opthalmol. Vis. Sci., 38 (4), 2126

Todorov, E.V., Siapas, A.G., and Somers, D.C. (1997)  A model of recurrent interactions in primary visual cortex.  Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems,  9, 118-124.

Dragoi, V. and Somers, D.C. (1997) Short and long-term plastic effects induced by the multiple time scales of events at the cellular and synaptic level in a model of spiking neurons in primary visual cortex. Invest. Opthalmol. Vis. Sci.,  38 (4), 1791

Todorov, E.V., Siapas, A.G., Somers, D.C., and Nelson, S.B. (1997)  Modeling visual cortical contrast adaptation effects. Computational Neuroscience, Trends in Research. J.M. Bower (Ed.), pp 525–531. New York: Plenum Press.

Toth, L.J., Rao, S.C., Kim, D.S., Somers, D.C., and Sur, M. (1996)  Subthreshold facilitation and suppression in primary visual cortex revealed by intrinsic signal imaging. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  93, 9869-9874.

Somers, D.C., Nelson, S.B., and Sur, M. (1995) An emergent model of visual cortical orientation selectivity. The Neurobiology of Computation.  J.M. Bower (Ed.) pp 311–316. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Press.

Somers, D.C., and Kopell, N. (1995)  Waves and synchrony in networks of oscillators of relaxation and non-relaxation type.  Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena,  89, 169-183.

Somers, D.C., Todorov, E.V., Toth, L.J., Rao, S.C., Kim,D.-S., Nelson, S.B., Siapas, A.G., and Sur, M. (1995). Variable gain properties of local cortical circuitry support context-dependent modulation by fixed strength long-range horizontal connections.  Computational Roles of Lateral Connections in the Cortex. J. Sirosh, R. Miikkulainen (Eds.) Univ. of Texas, Electronic Book. URL:

Somers, D.C., Todorov, E.V., Siapas, A.G., and Sur, M. (1995) Vector-based integration of local and long-range information in visual cortex.  MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Memo No. 1556. & Center for  Biological and Computational Learning Memo No. 127.

Somers, D.C., Nelson, S.B., and Sur, M. (1995)  An emergent model of orientation selectivity in cat visual cortical simple cells.  Journal of  Neuroscience,  15, 5448-5465, August cover feature.

Kopell, N., and Somers, D.C. (1995)  Anti-phase solutions in relaxation oscillators coupled through excitatory interactions.  Journal of Mathematical Biology  33,  261–280.

Somers, D.C. (1993) Synchronization in networks of neural relaxation oscillators: visual cortical processing and intrinsic oscillator properties. Ph.D. Thesis.

Somers, D.C., and Kopell, N. (1993)  Rapid synchronization through fast threshold modulation.  Biological Cybernetics  68, 393-407.

*Grossberg, S., and Somers, D.C. (1992) Synchronized oscillations for binding spatially distributed feature codes into coherent spatial patterns. Neural Networks for Vision and Image Processing. G.A. Carpenter and S. Grossberg (Eds.) pp 385–405. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  •  (*)– Ph.D.~Thesis research papers written with S. Grossberg were published in accordance with departmental policy of listing authors alphabetically.

*Grossberg, S., and Somers, D.C. (1992) Synchronized oscillations for binding spatially distributed features into pre-attentive brain representations.  Structure: From Physics to General Systems. E. R. Caianello, M. Marinaro, and G. Scarpetta, (Eds.) World Scientific Press.

*Grossberg, S., and Somers, D.C. (1991) Synchronized oscillations during cooperative feature linking in a cortical model of visual perception. Neural Networks,  4, 453–466.