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Alexander Maier

Assistant Professor of Psychology



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Representative Publications

Shapcott, K.A., Schmiedt, J.T., Saunders, R.C., Maier, A., Leopold, D.A. & Schmid, M.C. (2016) Correlated activity of cortical neurons survives extensive removal of feedforward sensory input. Nature Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/srep34886.

Foster, B.L., He, B.J., Honey, C.J., Jerbi, K., Maier, A., Saalmann, Y.B., (2016) Spontaneous neural dynamics and multi-scale network organization. Front. Syst. Neurosci. doi:10.3389/fnsys.2016.00007

Dougherty, K., Cox, M.A., Ninomiya, T., Leopold, D.A. & Maier, A. (2015) Ongoing alpha activity in V1 regulates visually driven spiking responses. Cereb. Cortex doi:10.1093/cercor/bhv304

Cox, M.A. & Maier, A. (2015) Filling-in the details of spatial interpolation: New evidence for parallel processing in mid-level vision. Neuroscience of Consciousness (1):1-7

Ninomiya, T., Dougherty, K., Godlove, D.C., Schall, J.D. & Maier, A. (2015) Microcircuitry of agranular frontal cortex: contrasting laminar connectivity between occipital and frontal areas. J. Neurophysiol. 113:3242-3255

Schmid, M.C. & Maier, A. (2015) To see or not to see - thalamo-cortical networks during blindsight and perceptual suppression. Prog. Neurobiol. 126:36-48.

Shmuel A. & Maier A. (2015) Locally Measured Neuronal Correlates of Functional MRI Signals. In: Ugurbil, K., Uludag, K. & Berliner, L.J. (eds.) fMRI: From Nuclear Spins to Brain Function. Biological Magnetic Resonance, Vol. 30. Springer

Maier, A., Cox, M.A., Dougherty, K., Moore, B. & Leopold, D.A. (2014) Anisotropy of ongoing neural activity in primate visual cortex. Eye and Brain 2014:6 (Suppl 1) 113–120

Schmiedt, J., Maier, A., Fries, P., Saunders, R., Leopold, D.A. & Schmid, M. (2014) Beta oscillation dynamics in extrastriate cortex after removal of primary visual cortex. J. Neurosci. 34(35):11857–11864

Godlove, D.C., Maier, A., Woodman, G.F. & Schall, J.D. (2014) Microcircuitry of agranular frontal cortex: Testing the generality of the canonical cortical microcircuit. J. Neurosci. 34(15):5355-5369

Cox, M.A., Lowe, K.A., Blake, R. & Maier, A. (2014) Sustained perceptual invisibility of solid shapes following contour adaptation to partial outlines. Consciousness and Cognition 26:37-50

Ghose, D., Maier A., Nidiffer, A.R. & Wallace, M.T. (2014) Multisensory response modulation in the superficial layers of the superior colliculus. J. Neurosci. 34(12):4332-4344.

Schmid, M.C., Schmiedt, J.T., Peters, A.J., Saunders, R.C., Maier, A. & Leopold, D.A. (2013) Motion-sensitive responses in visual area V4 in the absence of primary visual cortex. J Neurosci33(48): 18740-18745

Maier, A(2013) Neuroscience: The cortical layering of visual processing. Curr. Biol. 23(21):R959-961

Cox, M.A., Schmid, M.C., Peters, A.J., Saunders, R.C., Leopold, D.A. & Maier A. (2013) Receptive field focus of visual area V4 neurons determines responses to illusory surfaces. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110(42):17095-17100

Spaak, E., Bonnefond, M., Maier, A., Leopold, D.A. & Jensen, O. (2012) Layer-specific entrainment of gamma-band neural activity by the alpha rhythm in monkey visual cortex. Curr. Biol. 22(24):2313-2318

Leopold, D.A. & Maier, A. (2012) Ongoing physiological processes in the cerebral cortex. Neuroimage. 62(4):2190-200

Maier, A., Panagiotaropoulos, T., Tsuchiya, N. & Keliris, G.A. (2012) Binocular rivalry: a gateway to studying consciousness. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 6:263

Maier, A., Aura, C. & Leopold., D.A. (2011) lnfragranular origin of induced LFP responses in macaque primary visual cortex. J. Neurosci. 31(6):1971-1980

Maier, A., Adams, G.K., Aura, C. & Leopold., D.A. (2010) Distinct Superficial and deep laminar domains of activity in the visual cortex during rest and stimulation. Front. Syst. Neurosci. 4:3 1.

Scholvinck, M.L., Maier, A., Ye, F.Q., Duyn, J.H. & Leopold, D.A. (2010) Neural basis of global resting state fMRl activity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(22): 10238-43.

Wang, Z., Maier, A., Logothetis, N.K., Liang, H. (2009) Extraction of bistable-percept-related features from local field potential by integration of local regression and common spatial patterns. IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 56(8):2095-2103

Wang, Z., Maier, A., Logothetis, N.K., Liang, H. (2009) Relaxation based feature selection for single-trial decoding of bistable perception. IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 56(1): 101 -1 10

Maier, A. & Leopold, D.A. (2009) Binocular Rivalry. In: Wilken, P., Bayne, T., Cleeremans, A. (eds.) Oxford Companion to Consciousness. Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-856951-0        

Maier, A. & Leopold, D.A. (2009) Binocular Rivalry In: Binder, M.D., Hirokawa, N., Windhorst, U., Hirsch, M.C. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Springer. ISBN: 978-3-540-29678-2

Maier, A., Wilke, M., Aura, C., Zhu, C., Ye, F.Q. & Leopold, D.A. (2008) Divergence of fMRl and neural signals in V1 during perceptual suppression in the awake monkey. Nat. Neurosci 1 l(10): 1 193-1 200

Wang, Z., Maier, A., Logothetis, N.K. & Liang, H. (2008) Single-trial classification of bistable perception by integrating empirical mode decomposition, clustering and support vector machine. EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing 2008592742

Wang, Z., Maier, A., Logothetis, N.K. & Liang, H. (2008) Single-trial decoding of bistable perception based on sparse nonnnegative tensor decomposition. Journal of Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience 2008:642387

Maier A., Logothetis, N.K. & Leopold, D.A. (2007) Context-dependent perceptual modulation of single neurons in primate visual cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104(13):5620-5625

Wang, Z., Maier, A., Logothetis, N.K., Leopold, D.A., Liang, H., (2007) Single-trial evoked potential estimation using wavelet. Computers in Biology and Medicine. 37(4):463-473

Leopold, D.A. & Maier, A. (2006) Neuroimaging: Perception at the brain’s core. Curr. Biol. 16(3):R95-8

Wang, Z., Maier, A., Leopold, D.A., Liang, H. (2006) Relaxation based multichannel signal combination (RELAX-MUSIC) for perceptual decisions using the area under the ROC Curve. IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering 5(12):2615-2618

Maier, A., Logothetis, N.K. & Leopold, D.A. (2005) Global competition dictates local suppression in pattern rivalry. Journal of Vision 5(9):668-677

Leopold, D.A., Maier, A., Wilke, M. & Logothetis, N.K. (2004) Binocular rivalry and the illusion of monocular vision. In: D. Alais & R. Blake (eds.), Binocular rivalry and perceptual ambiguity, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN: 978-0-262-01212-6

Leopold, D.A., Maier, A. & Logothetis, N.K. (2003) Measuring subjective visual perception in the nonhuman primate. J. Consc. Stud. 10(9-10): 115-130

Maier, A., Wilke, M., Logothetis, N.K. & Leopold, D.A. (2003) Perception of temporally interleaved ambiguous patterns. Curr. Biol. 13:1076-1085

Leopold, D.A., Wilke, M., Maier, A. & Logothetis, N.K. (2002) Stable perception of visually ambiguous patterns. Nat. Neurosci. 5(6): 605-609


2015: Kavli Fellow (National Academy of Sciences)

2015: Outstanding Teacher of the Year (Vanderbilt Brain Institute)

2014: Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award (Society for Neuroscience)

2013: Sloan Research Fellow (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)

2009: Fellows Award of Research Excellence (National Institutes of Health)

2006: Julius Axelrod Fellowship (National Institute of Mental Health)

2006: Klaus Tschira Award (German National Academic Foundation)