• 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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    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 A 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. 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