Gordon L. Shulman, PhD

Professor of Neurology



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  • Shulman, G. L. et al. (1997) Common blood flow changes across visual tasks: II. Decreases in cerebral cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 9. 648-663.
  • Shulman, G. L., Ollinger, J. M., Akbudak, E., Conturo, T. E., Snyder, A. Z., Petersen, S. E., and Corbetta, M. (1999) Areas involved in encoding and applying directional expectations to moving objects. Journal of Neuroscience, 19, 9480-9496.
  • Corbetta, M., Kincade, J. M., Ollinger, J. M., McAvoy, M. P., and Shulman, G. L. (2000) Voluntary orienting is dissociated from target detection in human posterior parietal cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 3, 292-297.
  • Corbetta, M. and Shulman, G. L. (2002) Control of goal-directed and stimulus-driven attention in the brain. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 3, 201-215.
  • Shulman, G. L., McAvoy, M. P., Cowan, M. C., Astafiev, S. V., Tansy, A. P., Corbetta, M. (2003) A quantitative analysis of attention and detection signals during visual search. Journal of Neurophysiology, 90:3384-3397.
  • He, B. J., Snyder, A. Z., Vincent, J. L., Epstein, A., Shulman, G. L., and Corbetta, M. (2007) Breakdown of functional connectivity in frontoparietal networks underlies behavioral deficits in spatial neglect. Neuron, 53:905-918.
  • Sylvester, C. M, Jack, A. I., Corbetta, M., and Shulman, G. L. (2008) Anticipatory suppression of non-attended locations in visual cortex marks target location and predicts perception. Journal of Neuroscience, 28:6549-6556.
  • Bressler, S. L., Tang, W., Sylvester, C. M., Shulman, G. L., and Corbetta, M. (2008) Top-down control of human visual cortex by frontal and parietal cortex in anticipatory visual spatial attention. Journal of Neuroscience, 28:10056-10061.
  • Shulman, G.L., Astafiev, S. V., Franke, D., Pope, D. L. W., Snyder, A. Z., McAvoy, M. P., and Corbetta, M. (2009) Interaction of stimulus-driven reorienting and expectation in ventral and dorsal frontoparietal and basal ganglia-cortical networks. Journal of Neuroscience, 29:4392-4407.

My research mainly concerns the neural mechanisms that underlie selective attention and perception in humans. Because far more information is present in the environment than can be fully processed by the brain, and because behavioral responses need to be controlled by events that are relevant to our goals, selection mechanisms play a fundamental role in human perception and action. Accordingly, attending to a stimulus strongly modulates the neural response to that stimulus in many brain regions. I use neuroimaging methodologies, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, to study the nature and function of these modulations. A second line of research uses our knowledge of attention in healthy adults to understand the attentional dysfunctions that are often observed following strokes. A recent development is the use of resting-state measures of brain activity to characterize how strokes change the brain networks that underlie attention.