Dr. Jackson Smith

Fries Lab · Post-Doc
  • jackson.smith (at) esi-frankfurt.de
  • Deutschordenstr. 46 · 60528 Frankfurt am Main · Germany
  • +49 69 96769 515

Research statement

The light that enters our eyes is full of information about the world. This visual information is first received by our retinae; it is then passed along from one brain area to the next so as to parse out different pieces of that information. I am interested in the question of how we become aware of the visual information that our brains have extracted from light. In other words, how does visual information transcend into what we can see? My goal is to determine what kind of neuronal algorithms have evolved to give us our visual sentience.


Tang-Wright K*, Smith JET*, Bridge H, Miller KL, Dyrby TB, Ahmed B, Reislev NL, Sallet J, Parker AJ, Krug K (2021). Intra-Areal Visual Topography in Primate Brains Mapped with Probabilistic Tractography of Diffusion-Weighted Imaging. Cereb Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhab364 (* joint first authorship)

Smith JET, Parker AJ (2021). Correlated structure of neuronal firing in macaque visual cortex limits information for binocular depth discrimination. J Neurophysiol, 126(1):275-303. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00667.2020

Smith JET, Beliveau V, Schoen A, Remz J, Zhan CA, Cook EP (2015). Dynamics of the functional link between area MT LFPs and motion detection. J Neurophysiol, 114(1):80-98. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00058.2015

Smith JET, Masse NY, Zhan CA, Cook EP (2012). Linking Neural Activity to Visual Perception: Separating Sensory and Attentional Contributions, Visual Cortex - Current Status and Perspectives, Molotchnikoff S & Rouat J, IntechOpen, https://doi.org/10.5772/48806

Smith JET, Zhan CA, Cook EP (2011). The functional link between area MT neural fluctuations and detection of a brief motion stimulus. J Neurosci 31(38), 13458-68. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1347-11.2011