Anne Churchland, Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

The Churchland laboratory aims to uncover the computations implemented by neural circuits to support decision-making. We develop sophisticated decision-making paradigms for rodents and humans, measure neural activity in rodents, and develop analysis and modeling tools to connect the two. We have demonstrated that rodents, like humans, can integrate sensory signals in a Bayes-optimal manner to guide decisions. To understand the neural mechanisms supporting this ability, we use multiple cutting-edge methods to measure and manipulate neural areas and pathways with precision.

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UCLA Professor, Neurobiology

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A selected list of publications:

Huang Longwen, Kebschull Justus M, Fürth Daniel, Musall Simon, Kaufman Matthew T, Churchland Anne K, Zador Anthony M   BRICseq Bridges Brain-wide Interregional Connectivity to Neural Activity and Gene Expression in Single Animals Cell, 2020; 182(1): 177-188.e27.
Saxena Shreya, Kinsella Ian, Musall Simon, Kim Sharon H, Meszaros Jozsef, Thibodeaux David N, Kim Carla, Cunningham John, Hillman Elizabeth M C, Churchland Anne, Paninski Liam   Localized semi-nonnegative matrix factorization (LocaNMF) of widefield calcium imaging data PLoS computational biology, 2020; 16(4): e1007791.
Najafi Farzaneh, Elsayed Gamaleldin F, Cao Robin, Pnevmatikakis Eftychios, Latham Peter E, Cunningham John P, Churchland Anne K   Excitatory and Inhibitory Subnetworks Are Equally Selective during Decision-Making and Emerge Simultaneously during Learning Neuron, 2020; 105(1): 165-179.e8.
Musall Simon, Urai Anne E, Sussillo David, Churchland Anne K   Harnessing behavioral diversity to understand neural computations for cognition Current opinion in neurobiology, 2019; 58(1): 229-238.
Musall Simon, Kaufman Matthew T, Juavinett Ashley L, Gluf Steven, Churchland Anne K   Single-trial neural dynamics are dominated by richly varied movements Nature neuroscience, 2019; 22(10): 1677-1686.
Juavinett Ashley L, Bekheet George, Churchland Anne K   Chronically implanted Neuropixels probes enable high-yield recordings in freely moving mice eLife, 2019; 8(10): 1677-1686.
Odoemene Onyekachi, Pisupati Sashank, Nguyen Hien, Churchland Anne K   Visual Evidence Accumulation Guides Decision-Making in Unrestrained Mice The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2018; 38(47): 10143-10155.
Najafi Farzaneh, Churchland Anne K   Perceptual Decision-Making: A Field in the Midst of a Transformation Neuron, 2018; 100(2): 453-462.
Juavinett Ashley L, Erlich Jeffrey C, Churchland Anne K   Decision-making behaviors: weighing ethology, complexity, and sensorimotor compatibility Current opinion in neurobiology, 2018; 49(2): 42-50.
Pisupati Sashank, Chartarifsky Lital, Churchland Anne K   Decision Activity in Parietal Cortex - Leader or Follower? Trends in cognitive sciences, 2016; 20(11): 788-789.
Kaufman Matthew T, Churchland Anne K   Many paths from state to state Nature neuroscience, 2016; 19(12): 1541-1542.
Churchland Anne K, Abbott L F   Conceptual and technical advances define a key moment for theoretical neuroscience Nature neuroscience, 2016; 19(3): 348-9.
Kanitscheider Ingmar, Brown Amanda, Pouget Alexandre, Churchland Anne K   Multisensory decisions provide support for probabilistic number representations Journal of neurophysiology, 2015; 113(10): 3490-8.
Raposo David, Kaufman Matthew T, Churchland Anne K   A category-free neural population supports evolving demands during decision-making Nature neuroscience, 2014; 17(12): 1784-1792.
Odoemene Onyekachi, Churchland Anne K   Listening for the right sounds Neuron, 2014; 82(5): 944-5.
Kiani Roozbeh, Churchland Anne K, Shadlen Michael N   Integration of direction cues is invariant to the temporal gap between them The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2013; 33(42): 16483-9.
Carandini Matteo, Churchland Anne K   Probing perceptual decisions in rodents Nature neuroscience, 2013; 16(7): 824-31.
Sheppard John P, Raposo David, Churchland Anne K   Dynamic weighting of multisensory stimuli shapes decision-making in rats and humans Journal of vision, 2013; 13(6): 824-31.
Kaufman Matthew T, Churchland Anne K   Cognitive neuroscience: sensory noise drives bad decisions Nature, 2013; 496(7444): 172-3.
Churchland Anne K, Ditterich Jochen   New advances in understanding decisions among multiple alternatives Current opinion in neurobiology, 2012; 22(6): 920-6.
Raposo David, Sheppard John P, Schrater Paul R, Churchland Anne K   Multisensory decision-making in rats and humans The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2012; 32(11): 3726-35.
Drugowitsch Jan, Moreno-Bote Rubén, Churchland Anne K, Shadlen Michael N, Pouget Alexandre   The cost of accumulating evidence in perceptual decision making The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2012; 32(11): 3612-28.
Churchland Anne K   Normalizing relations between the senses Nature neuroscience, 2011; 14(6): 672-3.
Churchland Anne K, Kiani R, Chaudhuri R, Wang Xiao-Jing, Pouget Alexandre, Shadlen M N   Variance as a signature of neural computations during decision making Neuron, 2011; 69(4): 818-31.
Beck Jeffrey M, Ma Wei Ji, Kiani Roozbeh, Hanks Tim, Churchland Anne K, Roitman Jamie, Shadlen Michael N, Latham Peter E, Pouget Alexandre   Probabilistic population codes for Bayesian decision making Neuron, 2008; 60(6): 1142-52.
Churchland Anne K, Kiani Roozbeh, Shadlen Michael N   Decision-making with multiple alternatives Nature neuroscience, 2008; 11(6): 693-702.
Churchland Anne K, Huang Xin, Lisberger Stephen G   Responses of neurons in the medial superior temporal visual area to apparent motion stimuli in macaque monkeys Journal of neurophysiology, 2007; 97(1): 272-82.
Churchland Anne K, Lisberger Stephen G   Relationship between extraretinal component of firing rate and eye speed in area MST of macaque monkeys Journal of neurophysiology, 2005; 94(4): 2416-26.
Churchland Anne K, Lisberger Stephen G   Discharge properties of MST neurons that project to the frontal pursuit area in macaque monkeys Journal of neurophysiology, 2005; 94(2): 1084-90.
Churchland Anne K, Gardner Justin L, Chou I han, Priebe Nicholas J, Lisberger Stephen G   Directional anisotropies reveal a functional segregation of visual motion processing for perception and action Neuron, 2003; 37(6): 1001-11.
Blake David T, Strata Fabrizio, Churchland Anne K, Merzenich Michael M   Neural correlates of instrumental learning in primary auditory cortex Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2002; 99(15): 10114-9.
Churchland Anne K, Lisberger Stephen G   Gain control in human smooth-pursuit eye movements Journal of neurophysiology, 2002; 87(6): 2936-45.

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