• My lab takes advantage of opportunities to perform in-vivo intracranial recordings and causal experiments in human patient volunteers to study a key component of what makes us uniquely human- language. Before focusing on human intracranial work, my background is cognitive and systems neuroscience using single unit and local field potential recordings in awake behaving macaques. I have also made contributions to the neurophysiology the technique and theory of extracellular recordings.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 The eyes speak when the mouth cannot: Using eye movements to interpret omissions in primary progressive aphasia.Neuropsychologia.  108530. 2023
    2022 Eye movements as a measure of word comprehension deficits in primary progressive aphasiaBrain and Language.  232. 2022
    2020 Taxonomic Interference Associated with Phonemic Paraphasias in Agrammatic Primary Progressive AphasiaCerebral Cortex.  30:2529-2541. 2020
    2019 Preferential Disruption of Auditory Word Representations in Primary Progressive Aphasia with the Neuropathology of FTLD-TDP Type ACognitive and Behavioral Neurology.  32:46-53. 2019
    2019 Word comprehension in temporal cortex and Wernicke area: A PPA perspectiveNeurology.  92:E224-E233. 2019
    2017 Magnitude and behavior of cross-talk effects in multichannel electrophysiology experimentsJournal of Neurophysiology.  118:574-594. 2017
    2017 Neurophysiological dynamics of phrase-structure building during sentence processing 2017
    2017 Entropy reduction correlates with temporal lobe activity 2017
    2016 Intracellular Impedance Measurements Reveal Non-ohmic Properties of the Extracellular Medium around NeuronsBiophysical Journal.  110:234-246. 2016
    2016 Neural control of visual search by frontal eye field: Chronometry of neural events and race model processesJournal of Neurophysiology.  115:1954-1969. 2016
    2014 Microscale impedance measurements suggest that ionic diffusion is implicated in generating extracellular potentialsBMC Neuroscience.  15:p214. 2014
    2013 Microscale inhomogeneity of brain tissue distorts electrical signal propagation 2013
    2012 Physical model of coherent potentials measured with different electrode recording site sizesJournal of Neurophysiology.  107:1291-1300. 2012
    2010 Nonindependent and nonstationary response times in stopping and stepping saccade tasks 2010
    2010 A relative position code for saccades in dorsal premotor cortex 2010
    2010 Do electrode properties create a problem in interpreting local field potential recordings?Journal of Neurophysiology.  103:2315-2317. 2010
    2009 Visual and motor connectivity and the distribution of calcium-binding proteins in macaque frontal eye field: Implications for saccade target selectionFrontiers in Neuroanatomy.  3. 2009
    2008 Free choice activates a decision circuit between frontal and parietal cortexNature.  453:406-409. 2008
    2008 Review of signal distortion through metal microelectrode recording circuits and filtersJournal of Neuroscience Methods.  169:141-157. 2008
    2007 Pulse-pattern sensitivity in the frontal eye field of the Macaque monkey 2007
    2006 Dorsal Premotor Neurons Encode the Relative Position of the Hand, Eye, and Goal during Reach PlanningNeuron.  51:125-134. 2006

    Education And Training

  • Neurospin Research Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Northwestern University Neurological Surgery; Mesulam Center for Cognitive Center and Alzheimer's Disease, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology 2012
  • Full Name

  • Matthew Nelson