I am interested in vision, and the development and organization of the primary visual cortex. This includes studying how the genes and environment interact in early post-natal development, how cellular mechanisms contribute to perceptual processing, and how disorders such as amblyopia and glaucoma may affect visual function. I use computer models to simulate developmental mechanisms, cats as experimental models for visual processing, and humans as subjects for psychophysical research. Present and past research projects include the following:
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Godfrey KB, Eglen SJ, Swindale NV (2009) A multi-component model of the developing retinocollicular pathway incorporating axonal and synaptic growth. PLoS Comput Biol 5(12):e1000600.
Spacek MA, Swindale NV (2009) Python in neuroscience.Neuromorphic Engineer 10.2417/1200907.1682.
Spacek MA, Blanche TJ, Swindale NV (2009) Python for large-scale electrophysiology. Front Neuroinform 2:9.
Swindale NV (2008) Feedback decoding of spatially structured population activity in cortical maps. Neural Computation 20:176-204.
Godfrey KB, Swindale NV (2007) Retinal wave behavior through activity-dependent refractory periods. PLoS Comput Biol 3(11):e245.
Swindale NV (2007) Visual cortex: more wiggle room for the brain.Current Biology 17(24):R1055-7.
Swindale NV (2007) A model for the thick, thin and pale stripe organization of primate V2. Network 18(4):327-42.
Spacek MA, Blanche TJ, Seamans JK, Swindale NV (2007) Accounting for network states in cortex: are (local) pairwise correlations sufficient? Soc Neurosci Abstr 33:790.1.
Godfrey KB, Swindale NV (2007) Spiking model for retinotopic organization and eye-specific segregation. Soc Neurosci Abstr33:36.4.
Swindale NV (2006) Cerebral Cortex: The Singular Precision of Visual Cortex Maps. Current Biology 16(23):991-994.
Blanche TJ, Swindale NV (2006) Nyquist interpolation improves neuron yield in multiunit recordings. Journal of Neuroscience Methods155(1):81-91.
Blanche TJ, Spacek MA, Hetke JF, Swindale NV (2005) Polytrodes: High Density Silicon Electrode Arrays for Large Scale Multiunit Recording. Journal of Neurophysiology 93:2987-3000.
NRSC 501 - Systems Neuroscience
MECH550 - Introduction to Computational Neuroscience