James Bisley
Assistant Professor
Ph. D.,
University of Melbourne in Australia
Primary Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
Home Department:
P.O. Box 951763, Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 267-3467
Research and Teaching Interests:

My interests revolve around vision and visual perception. Specifically, I have focused on 2 questions: What are the neural mechanisms underlying the allocation of visual attention and how are moving stimuli encoded and remembered in the brain. To answer these questions, I work with animals that are trained to perform simple behavioral tasks. I then use techniques such as single unit recording, reversible inactivation, microstimulation and long-term lesion studies. Recently, I have been studying the responses of neurons in posterior parietal cortex, while the animals perform under naturalistic viewing conditions. I am also running experiments that are aimed at understanding how information about visual motion is stored in short-term memory tasks. Finally, I have a continuing study aimed at understanding distractions based on a hierarchal model of the attentional allocation system.

Representative Publications:

Ong, W.S., Hooshvar, N., Zhang, M., Bisley, J.W. Psychophysical evidence for spatiotopic processing in area MT in a short-term memory for motion task. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2009; 102(4): 2435-40.

King, C.-H.A., Culjat, M.O., Franco, M., Lewis, C.E., Dutson, E.P., Grundfest W.S., Bisley, J.W. Tactile feedback induces reduced grasping force in robot-assisted surgery. IEEE Transactions on Haptics 2009; 2: 103-110.

Ipata, A.E., Gee, A.L., Bisley, J.W., Goldberg, M.E. Neurons in the lateral intraparietal area create a priority map by the combination of disparate signals. Experimental Brain Research.. 2009; 192(3): 479-88.

Bisley, J.W. Ipata, A.E. Krishna, B.S. Gee, A.L. Goldberg, M.E. The lateral intraparietal area: a priority map in posterior parietal cortex. Cortical Mechanisms of Vision 2009; 9-34.

Fan, R.E., Culjat, M.O., King, C.H., Franco, M.L., Sedrak, M. Bisley, J.W., Dutson, E.P., Grundfest, W.S. A prototype haptic feedback system for lower-limb prostheses and sensory neuropathy. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008; 132: 115-119.

Gee, A.L., Ipata, A.E., Gottlieb, J., Bisley, J.W., Goldberg, M.E. Neural enhancement and pre-emptive perception: the genesis of attention and the attentional maintenance of the cortical salience map. Perception. 2008; 37(3): 389-400.

Ganguli, S., Bisley, J.W., Roitman, J.D., Shadlen, M.N., Goldberg, M.E., Miller, K.D. One-dimensional dynamics of attention and decision making in LIP. Neuron. 2008; 58(1): 15-25.

King, C.-H., Culjat, M.O., Franco, M.L., Bisley, J.W., Dutson, E., Grundfest W.S. Optimization of a pneumatic balloon tactile display for robot-assisted surgery based on human perception.. IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering. 2008; 55(11): 2593-600.

King, C.H., Higa, A.T., Culjat, M.O., Han, S.H., Bisley, J.W., Carman, G.P., Dutson, E., Grundfest, W.S. A pneumatic haptic feedback actuator array for robotic surgery or simulation. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2007; 125: 217-222.

Ipata, A.E., Gee, A.L., Goldberg, M.E., Bisley, J.W. Activity in the lateral intraparietal area predicts the goal and latency of saccades in a free viewing visual search task. J. Neurosci.. 2006; 26(14): 3656-3661.

Ipata, A.E., Gee, A.L., Gottlieb, J., Bisley, J.W., Goldberg, M.E. LIP responses to a popout stimulus are reduced if it is overtly ignored. Nat Neurosci. 2006; 9(8): 1071-1076.

Bisley, J.W., Goldberg, M.E. Neural correlates of attention and distractibility in the lateral intraparietal area. J Neurophysiol. 2006; 95(3): 1696-717.

Goldberg, M.E., Bisley, J.W., Powell, K.D., Gottlieb, J. Saccades, salience and attention: the role of the lateral intraparietal area in visual behavior. Prog Brain Res. 2006; 155: 157-175.

Bisley, J.W., Krishna, B.S., Goldberg, M.E. A rapid and precise on-response in posterior parietal cortex. J Neurosci. 2004; 24(8): 1833-8.

Bisley, J.W., Zaksas, D., Droll, J.A., Pasternak, T. Activity of neurons in cortical area MT during a memory for motion task. J Neurophysiol. 2004; 91(1): 286-300.

Bisley, J.W., Goldberg, M.E. Neuronal activity in the lateral intraparietal area and spatial attention. Science. 2003; 299(5603): 81-6.

Bisley, J.W., Goldberg, M.E. The role of the parietal cortex in the neural processing of saccadic eye movements. Adv Neurol. 2003; 93: 141-57.

Pasternak, T., Bisley, J.W., Calkins, D. Visual information processing in the primate brain. Biological Psychology 2003; 139-185.

Bisley, J.W., Zaksas, D., Pasternak, T. Microstimulation of cortical area MT affects performance on a visual working memory task. J Neurophysiol. 2001; 85(1): 187-96.

Zaksas, D., Bisley, J.W., Pasternak, T. Motion information is spatially localized in a visual working-memory task. J Neurophysiol. 2001; 86(2): 912-21.

Bisley, J.W., Goodwin, A.W., Wheat, H.E. Slowly adapting type I afferents from the sides and end of the finger respond to stimuli on the center of the fingerpad. J Neurophysiol. 2000; 84(1): 57-64.

Bisley, J.W., Pasternak, T. The multiple roles of visual cortical areas MT/MST in remembering the direction of visual motion. Cereb Cortex. 2000; 10(11): 1053-65.

Goodwin, A.W., Macefield, V.G., Bisley, J.W. Encoding of object curvature by tactile afferents from human fingers. J Neurophysiol. 1997; 78(6): 2881-8.

Bisley, J.W., Rees, S.M., McKinley, M.J., Hards, D.K., Oldfield, B.J. Identification of osmoresponsive neurons in the forebrain of the rat: a Fos study at the ultrastructural level. Brain Res. 1996; 720(1-2): 25-34.