Highlighted Work

TUTORIAL: A High-Dimensional View of Neuroscience.

With technological advances allowing us to capture neural responses to thousands of stimuli across numerous channels (e.g., human fMRI, mouse two-photon imaging, monkey neuropixel probes), we face the challenge of analyzing vast, costly datasets. We must consider which computational tools are best suited for high-dimensional neural representation studies and what theoretical insights we can derive about neural representations from these large-scale datasets.

Raj Magesh Gauthaman, Florentin Guth, Atlas Kazemian, Zirui Chen, Michael F. Bonner

Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (2023)

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High-performing neural network models of visual cortex benefit from high latent dimensionality

Investigating deep neural networks (DNNs) as models for the visual cortex, we found that higher-dimensional representations in these networks better predict cortical responses and improve learning of new stimuli, challenging the idea that lower dimensionality enhances performance. This indicates that high-dimensional geometries might be advantageous for DNN models of visual processing.

Eric Elmoznino, Michael F. Bonner

PLOS Computational Biology (2023)

Contextual coherence increases perceived numerosity independent of semantic content.

Characterizing visual features that systematically bias our numerosity perception promises to uncover the processes that form ANS representations. Recent work demonstrated that reducing coherence of low-level visual attributes such as color and orientation systematically reduces perceived numerosity. Here we ask whether the coherence effect is exclusive to low-level visual features or instead whether it can be driven by higher-level features.

Chuyan Qu; Michael F. Bonner; Elizabeth M. Brannon

Vision Sciences Society (2023)

Hierarchical organization of social action features along the lateral visual pathway

The lateral stream’s organization, thought to be hierarchical like in the ventral and dorsal streams, has not been thoroughly studied for naturalistic, social visuals. We compiled 250 3-second videos of everyday interactions between two people, annotated for visual features from low-level to high-level, including scene properties, social dynamics, and emotional content.

Emalie McMahon, Michael F. Bonner, Leyla Isik

Cell Current Biology (2023)

Perceived Distance Alters Memory for Scene Boundaries

What factors determine when visual memories will include details that go beyond perceptual experience? Here, seven experiments (N = 1,100 adults) explored whether spatial scale-specifically, perceived viewing distance-drives boundary extension. We created fake miniatures by exploiting tilt shift, a photographic effect that selectively reduces perceived distance while preserving other scene properties (e.g., making a distant railway appear like a model train). We found that visual memory is modulated by the spatial scale at which the environment is viewed.

Alon Hafri, Shreya Wadhwa, Michael F. Bonner

Psychological Science (2022)

Object representations in the human brain reflect the co-occurrence statistics of vision and language

Using machine learning and fMRI, we tested if the human visual system encodes object co-occurrence statistics, revealed through individual object perception. We identified low-dimensional representations of these statistics in real-world scenes and correlated them with voxel-wise fMRI responses during object viewing. Our findings indicate cortical responses to single objects are influenced by their typical statistical contexts, highlighting brain regions where this connection is strongest.

Michael F. Bonner, Russell Epstein

Nature Communications (2021)

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Preprints

  • A Kazemian, E Elmoznino, MF Bonner. (2024) Convolutional architectures are cortex-aligned de novo. bioRxiv
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  • K Garcia, E McMahon, C Conwell, MF Bonner, L Isik. (2024) Modeling social vision highlights gaps between deep learning and humans.
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  • Qu C, Bonner MF, DeWind NK, & Brannon EM (2024). Contextual coherence increases perceived numerosity independent of semantic content. PsyArXiv
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  • Hafri AA, Bonner MF, Landau B, & Firestone C (2024). A phone in a basket looks like a knife in a cup: The perception of abstract relations. PsyArXiv
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  • Li SPD & Bonner MF (2023). Emergent selectivity for scenes, object properties, and contour statistics in feedforward models of scene-preferring cortex. bioRxiv
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Articles

  • E Elmoznino, MF Bonner. (2024) High-performing neural network models of visual cortex benefit from high latent dimensionality. PLOS Computational Biology, 0(1): e1011792.
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  • BS Robinson, N Drenkow, C Conwell, MF Bonner. (2023) A sparse null code emerges in deep neural networks. NeurIPS UniReps Workshop
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  • E McMahon, MF Bonner, L Isik. (2023) Hierarchical organization of social action features along the lateral visual pathway. Current Biology, 33, 1-13.
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  • C Magri, E Elmoznino, MF Bonner. (2023) Scene context is predictive of unconstrained object similarity judgments. Cognition, 239, 105535.
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  • AA Hafri, S Wadhwa, MF Bonner. (2022) Perceived distance alters memory for scene boundaries. Psychological Science, 33(12), 2040–2058.
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  • F Lin, AA Hafri, MF Bonner. (2022) Scene memories are biased toward high-probability views. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 48(10): 1116-1129.
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  • A Harel, J Nador, MF Bonner, RA Epstein. (2022) Early electrophysiological markers of navigational affordances in scenes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 34(3): 397–410.
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  • K Dwivedi, MF Bonner, RM Cichy, G Roig. (2021) Unveiling functions of the visual cortex using task-specific deep neural networks. PLOS Computational Biology, 17(8), e1009267.
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  • MF Bonner, RA Epstein. (2021) Object representations in the human brain reflect the co-occurrence statistics of vision and language. Nature Communications, 12, 4081.
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  • NK DeWind, MF Bonner, EM Brannon. (2020) Similarly oriented objects appear more numerous. Journal of Vision, 20, 4-4.
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  • MF Bonner, RA Epstein. (2018) Computational mechanisms underlying cortical responses to the affordance properties of visual scenes. PLOS Computational Biology, 14:e1006111.
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  • MF Bonner, RA Epstein. (2017) Coding of navigational affordances in the human visual system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(18): 4793-8.
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  • AR Price, MF Bonner, JE Peelle, M Grossman. (2017) Neural coding of fine-grained object knowledge in perirhinal cortex. bioRxiv.
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  • AR Price, JE Peelle, MF Bonner, M Grossman, RH Hamilton. (2016) Causal evidence for a mechanism of semantic integration in the angular gyrus revealed by high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS). Journal of Neuroscience, 36(13): 3829-38.
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  • MF Bonner, AR Price, JE Peelle, M Grossman. (2016) Semantics of the visual environment encoded in parahippocampal cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(3): 361-78.
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  • AR Price, MF Bonner, M Grossman. (2015) Semantic memory: cognitive and neuroanatomical perspectives. Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. Toga AW, Poldrack RA (Eds.) Waltham: Academic Press. 529-36.
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  • AR Price, MF Bonner, JE Peelle, M Grossman. (2015) Converging evidence for the neuroanatomic basis of combinatorial semantics in the angular gyrus. Journal of Neuroscience, 35:3276-84.
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  • MF Bonner, M Grossman. (2014) The neural basis of semantic memory. Dementia and Memory. Nilsson L-G, Ohta N (Eds.) Hove: Psychology Press. 207-24.

  • MF Bonner, M Grossman. (2013) Deficits in semantic memory associated with focal neurodegenerative diseases. The Boston Process Approach to Neuropsychological Assessment: A Practitioner’s Guide. Ashendorf L, Swenson R, Libon DJ (Eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. 200-16.

  • MF Bonner, AR Price. (2013) Where is the anterior temporal lobe and what does it do? Journal of Neuroscience, 33:4213-5.
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  • MF Bonner, JE Peelle, PA Cook, M Grossman. (2013) Heteromodal conceptual processing in the angular gyrus. NeuroImage, 71:175-86.
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  • M Grossman, JE Peelle, EE Smith, CT McMillan, P Cook, J Powers, M Dreyfuss, MF Bonner, L Richmond, A Boller, E Camp, L Burkholder. (2013) Category-specific semantic memory: Converging evidence from BOLD fMRI and Alzheimer’s disease. NeuroImage, 68:263–74.
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  • MF Bonner, M Grossman. (2012) Gray matter density of auditory association cortex relates to knowledge of sound concepts in primary progressive aphasia. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(23): 7986-91.
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  • M Grossman, MF Bonner, J Weinstein. (2011) Music and Semantic Dementia–Reply. Archives of Neurology
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  • J Weinstein, P Koenig, D Gunawardena, C McMillan, MF Bonner, M Grossman. (2011) Preserved musical semantic memory in semantic dementia. Archives of Neurology
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  • MF Bonner, S Ash, M Grossman. (2010) The new classification of primary progressive aphasia into semantic, logopenic, or nonfluent/agrammatic variants. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
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  • C Farag, V Troiani, MF Bonner, C Powers, B Avants, J Gee, M Grossman. (2010) Hierarchical organization of scripts: converging evidence from fMRI and frontotemporal degeneration. Cerebral Cortex
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  • MF Bonner, L Vesely, C Price, C Anderson, L Richmond, C Farag, B Avants, M Grossman. (2009) Reversal of the concreteness effect in semantic dementia. Cognitive Neuropsychology
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  • L Vesely, MF Bonner, J Reilly, M Grossman. (2007) Free association in semantic dementia: The importance of being abstract. Brain and Language

  • R Zhang, ST Liu, W Chen, MF Bonner, J Pehrson, TJ Yen, PD Adams. (2007) HP1 proteins are essential for a dynamic nuclear response that rescues the function of perturbed heterochromatin in primary human cells. Molecular and Cellular Biology
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