Center for Interdisziplinary Research

James W. Bisley

Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


James Bisley studied Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he received his B.Sc. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1998. From 1998 to 1999 he held a postdoctoral position at the University of Rochester, New York, where he studied the neural contribution of the middle temporal visual area to short term working memory. In 1999, he joined the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research at the National Eye Institute, Bethesda, where he studied the relationship between activity in the lateral intraparietal area and the allocation of covert attention. He continued this work when the lab moved to Columbia University, New York, in 2002. In 2006 he moved to UCLA as an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, where his lab studies the neural mechanisms underlying the guidance of covert attention and eye movements.

Current Main Research Interests

James Bisley's main research interest is in understanding how neurons in the parieto-frontal attention network process information to guide the allocation of covert attention and eye movements. His lab uses psychophysics, electrophysiology and neuroeconomics approaches in human and non-human subjects. Recent work is aimed at studying how activity in parietal cortex, which appears to represent priority, is transformed into signals that can guide eye movements and how this information is maintained in a stable representation over time. His lab utilizes a form of visual search in which subjects make natural eye movements to forage through an array of multiple stimuli. This design makes it possible to examine how activity and behavior change as the eyes continue to move over time.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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