Bruno Duarte GomesResearch Scientist Affiliate

    Email: brunodg@mit.edu
    Phone: 617-324-2065
    Office: 46-6121

    Ph.D., Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Federal University of Para
    M.Sc., Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Federal University of Para
    B.Sc., Biological Sciences, Federal University of Para

    Over the past ten years, Bruno was primarily involved in studying the human visual system using psychophysics and event related potentials (ERP) to understand contrast perception and color discrimination. His focus in VEP was mainly on recording from the primary visual cortex and retina. However, these techniques can cover just part of the history and some limitations are evident when working with humans due to a much less invasive approach. In order to understand neural fundamentals underlying vision and thus highlight basic principles that could be later on applied clinically, there is need to perform cortical recordings in non-human primates.

    One of the most widely studied visual phenomena is attention. Because of the several cortical and sub-cortical areas involved in visual attention, a more general but not less in-depth comprehension about the visual process and communication among cortical areas is required. The elucidation of the functional wiring taking place in cortical areas during visual tasks that demand attention might provide a background to future non-invasive approaches in humans. The understanding of that minor part of the visual attention circuit is the goal of his research in the Desimone lab.

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