Andrew Morgan                                                                                                                         


I am currently a postdoc researcher working with the Human Brain Project (EU Flagship project for brain research, cognitive neuroscience, and other brain-inspired sciences) and the UK7T Network (a collaborative network of all 7T MRI sites in the UK). I am interested in what predictive and contextual information channels exist within cortex, and how these channels interact with feedforward sensory input channels to create coherent perception. We approach this problem by experimentally isolating feedback signals while measuring brain activity using high-resolution, ultra high-field functional MRI. We then compare fMRI activity and models to understand what types of information are transmitted via feedback. After graduating in 2009 from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, USA) with a BA in Neuroscience, I worked in the Laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging (UCLA), under Prof. Edythe London. In 2013, I moved to Glasgow to pursue my MSc and PhD under Prof. Lars Muckli. 

Publications & Talks

AT Morgan, LS Petro, L Muckli (2016):  Cortical feedback to V1 and V2 contains unique information about high-level scene structure. bioRxiv. doi:https://doi.org/10.1101/041186

AT Morgan, LS Petro, L Muckli (2016): High-level scene information is transmitted to V1 & V2 by cortical feedback. 22nd Ann. Meeting, Org. Human Brain Mapp. June 26-30, Geneva, Switzerland.

AT Morgan, LS Petro, L Vizioli, L Muckli (2015): Individual scene, category and depth information is fed back to retinotopically non-stimulated subsections of early visual cortex. European Conference on Visual Perception. Aug. 23-27, Liverpool, UK.

K Ishibashi, CL Robertson, AT Morgan, MA Mandelkern, ED London (2013): The Simplified Reference Tissue Model with 18F-fallypride PET: Choice of Reference Region. Mol Imaging. 12(8). doi: 10.2310/7290.2013.00065.

M Kohno, DG Ghahremani, AM Morales, CL Robertson, K Ishibashi, AT Morgan, MA Mandelkern, ED London (2013): Risk-Taking Behavior: Dopamine D2/D3 Receptors, Feedback, and Frontolimbic Activity. Cereb Cortex. 25(1):236-245. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht218.

DG Ghahremani, B Lee, CL Robertson, G Tabibnia, AT Morgan, N De Shetler, AK Brown, J Monterosso, AR Aron, MA Mandelkern, RA Poldrack, ED London (2012): Striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptors mediate response inhibition and related activity in frontostriatal neural circuitry in humans. J Neurosci. 32(21):7316-24. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4284-11.2012.

 

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