Neural activity is not only driven by external factors such as sensory stimuli, but to a large extent generated spontaneously. This spontaneous brain activity displays a coherent spatio-temporal structure and interacts with stimulus-driven activity in complex ways. I study spontaneous brain activity and its effect on stimulus-evoked responses using a variety of techniques, ranging from fMRI to in vivo electrophysiology.
Schölvinck ML, Saleem AB, Benucci A, Harris KD, Carandini M (2015). Cortical state determines global variability and correlations in visual cortex. J Neurosci 35(1), 170-178. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4994-13.2015
Genç E*, Schölvinck ML*, Bergmann J, Singer W, Kohler A (2016). Functional connectivity patterns of visual cortex reflect its anatomical organization. Cereb Cortex 26(9), 3719-3731. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhv175 (* equal contribution)
Schölvinck ML, Leopold DA, Brookes MJ, Khader PH (2013). The contribution of electrophysiology to functional connectivity mapping. Neuroimage 80, 297-306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.04.010
Schölvinck ML, Friston KJ, Rees G (2012). The influence of spontaneous activity on stimulus processing in primary visual cortex. Neuroimage 59(3), 2700-2708. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.10.066
Schölvinck ML, Maier A, Ye FQ, Duyn JH, Leopold DA (2010). Neural basis of global resting-state fMRI activity. PNAS 107(22), 10238-10243.