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B.S. (1991) Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. (1991) Chemistry,Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. (1999) Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco

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Gratton C, Yousef S, Aarts E, Wallace DL, D’Esposito M, Silver MA (2017) Cholinergic, but not dopaminergic or noradrenergic, enhancement sharpens visual spatial perception in humans. Journal of Neuroscience 37:4405-4415. pdf

Piazza EA, Silver MA (2017) Relative spatial frequency processing drives hemispheric asymmetry in conscious awareness. Frontiers in Psychology 8:559. pdf

Denison RN, Sheynin J, Silver MA (2016) Perceptual suppression of predicted natural images. Journal of Vision 16(13):6:1-15. pdf

Fortenbaugh FC, Silver MA, Robertson LC (2015) Individual differences in visual field shape modulate the effects of attention on the lower visual field advantage in crowding. Journal of Vision 15(2):19:1-15. pdf

Fortenbaugh FC, VanVleet TM, Silver MA, Robertson LC (2015) Spatial distortions in localization and midline estimation in hemianopia and normal vision. Vision Research 111:1-12. pdf

Sheremata SL, Silver MA (2015) Hemisphere-dependent attentional modulation of human parietal visual field representations. Journal of Neuroscience 35:508-517. pdf

Denison RN, Vu AT, Yacoub E, Feinberg DA, Silver MA (2014) Functional mapping of the magnocellular and parvocellular subdivisions of human LGN. Neuroimage 102:358-369. pdf

Hutchinson JB, Uncapher MR, Weiner KS, Bressler DW, Silver MA, Preston AR, Wagner AD (2014) Functional heterogeneity in posterior parietal cortex across attention and episodic memory retrieval. Cerebral Cortex 24:49-66. pdf

McDevitt EA, Rokem A, Silver MA, Mednick SC (2014) Sex differences in sleep-dependent perceptual learning. Vision Research 99:172-179. pdf

Piazza EA, Silver MA (2014) Persistent hemispheric differences in the perceptual selection of spatial frequencies. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26:2021-2027. pdf

Bressler DW, Denison RN, Silver MA (2013) "High-level modulations of binocular rivalry: effects of stimulus configuration, spatial and temporal context, and observer state", pp. 253-280. In: The Constitution of Visual Consciousness: Lessons from Binocular Rivalry, edited by S.M Miller. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Bressler DW, Fortenbaugh FC, Robertson LC, Silver MA (2013) Visual spatial attention enhances the amplitude of positive and negative fMRI responses to visual stimulation in an eccentricity-dependent manner. Vision Research 85:104-112. pdf

Gratton C, Sreenivasan KK, Silver MA, D'Esposito M (2013) Attention selectively modifies the representation of individual faces in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience 33:6979-6989. pdf

Piazza EA, Sweeny TD, Wessel D, Silver MA, Whitney D (2013) Humans use summary statistics to perceive auditory sequences. Psychological Science 24:1389-1397. pdf

Rokem A, Silver MA (2013) The benefits of cholinergic enhancement during perceptual learning are long-lasting. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 7:66. pdf

Yoon JH, Sheremata S, Rokem A, Silver MA (2013) Windows to the soul: vision science as a tool for studying biological mechanisms of information processing deficits in schizophrenia. Frontiers in Psychology 4:681. pdf

Denison RN, Silver MA (2012) Distinct contributions of the magnocellular and parvocellular visual streams to perceptual selection. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 24:246-259. pdf supplementary materials

Fortenbaugh FC, Sanghvi S, Silver MA, Robertson LC (2012) Exploring the edges of visual space: The influence of visual boundaries on peripheral localization. Journal of Vision 12(2):19:1-18. pdf

Kosovicheva AA, Sheremata SL, Rokem A, Landau AN, Silver MA (2012) Cholinergic enhancement reduces orientation-specific surround suppression but not visual crowding. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 6:61. pdf

Rokem A, Landau AN, Prinzmetal W, Wallace DA, Silver MA, D'Esposito M (2012) Modulation of inhibition of return by the dopamine D2 receptor agonist bromocriptine depends on individual DAT1 genotype. Cerebral Cortex 22:1133-1138. pdf

Denison RN, Piazza EA, Silver MA (2011) Predictive context influences perceptual selection during binocular rivalry. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5:166. pdf

Rokem A, Yoon JH, Ooms RE, Maddock RJ, Minzenberg MJ, Silver MA (2011) Broader visual orientation tuning in patients with schizophrenia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 5:127. pdf

Bressler DW, Silver MA (2010) Spatial attention improves reliability of fMRI retinotopic mapping signals in occipital and parietal cortex. NeuroImage 53:526-533. pdf supplementary materials

Rokem A, Landau AN, Garg D, Prinzmetal W, Silver MA (2010) Cholinergic enhancement increases the effects of voluntary attention but does not affect involuntary attention. Neuropsychopharmacology 35:2538-2544. pdf

Rokem A, Silver MA (2010) Cholinergic enhancement augments magnitude and specificity of visual perceptual learning in healthy humans. Current Biology 20:1723-1728. pdf supplementary materials

Silver MA, Landau AN, Lauritzen TZ, Prinzmetal W, Robertson LC (2010) "Isolating human brain functional connectivity associated with a specific cognitive process", in Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV, edited by B.E. Rogowitz and T.N. Pappas, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 7527, pp. 75270B-1 to 75270B-9. pdf

Yoon JH, Maddock RJ, Rokem AS, Silver MA, Minzenberg MJ, Ragland JD, Carter CS (2010) GABA concentration is reduced in visual cortex in schizophrenia and correlates with orientation-specific surround suppression. Journal of Neuroscience 30:3777-3781. pdf

Lauritzen TZ, D'Esposito M, Heeger DJ, Silver MA (2009) Top-down flow of visual spatial attention signals from parietal to occipital cortex. Journal of Vision 9(13):18:1-14. pdf supplementary materials

Rokem A, Silver MA (2009) A model of encoding and decoding in V1 and MT accounts for motion perception anisotropies in the human visual system. Brain Research 1299:3-16. pdf

Silver MA, Kastner S (2009) Topographic maps in human frontal and parietal cortex. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13:488-495. pdf

Yoon JH, Rokem AS, Silver MA, Minzenberg MJ, Ursu S, Ragland JD, Carter CS (2009) Diminished orientation-specific surround suppression of visual processing in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin 35:1078-1084. pdf

Silver MA, Shenhav A, D'Esposito M (2008) Cholinergic enhancement reduces spatial spread of visual responses in early visual cortex. Neuron 60:904-914. pdf supplementary materials

Silver MA, Logothetis NK (2007) Temporal frequency and contrast tagging bias the type of competition in interocular switch rivalry. Vision Research 47:532-543. pdf

Silver MA, Ress D, Heeger DJ (2007) Neural correlates of sustained spatial attention in human early visual cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology 97:229-237. pdf supplementary materials

Silver MA (2006) "Modeling the time course of attention signals in human primary visual cortex", in Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XI, edited by B.E. Rogowitz, T.N. Pappas, and S.J. Daly, Proceedings of SPIE, Volume 6057, pp. 605714-1 to 605714-8. pdf

Silver MA, Ress D, Heeger DJ (2005) Topographic maps of visual spatial attention in human parietal cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology 94:1358-1371. pdf

Silver MA, Logothetis NK (2004) Grouping and segmentation in binocular rivalry. Vision Research 44:1675-1692. pdf

Silver MA, Fagiolini M, Gillespie DC, Howe CL, Frank MG, Issa NP, Antonini A, Stryker MP (2001) Infusion of nerve growth factor (NGF) into kitten visual cortex increases immunoreactivity for NGF, NGF receptors, and choline acetyltransferase in basal forebrain without affecting ocular dominance plasticity or column development. Neuroscience 108:569-585. pdf

Silver MA, Stryker MP (2001) TrkB-like immunoreactivity is present on geniculocortical afferents in layer IV of kitten primary visual cortex. Journal of Comparative Neurology 436:391-398. pdf

Silver MA, Stryker MP (2000) A method for measuring colocalization of presynaptic markers with anatomically labeled axons using double label immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 94:205-215. pdf

Silver MA, Stryker MP (2000) Distributions of synaptic vesicle proteins and GAD65 in deprived and nondeprived ocular dominance columns in layer IV of kitten primary visual cortex are unaffected by monocular deprivation. Journal of Comparative Neurology 422:652-664. pdf

Silver MA, Stryker MP (1999) Synaptic density in geniculocortical afferents remains constant after monocular deprivation in the cat. Journal of Neuroscience 19:10829-10842. pdf



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