Michael Goldberg

Michael E. Goldberg, M.D.

David Mahoney Professor of Brain & Behavior, Neuroscience, Neurology, Psychiatry, Opthalmology
Director, Mahoney Center
Member, The Kavli Institute for Brain Science

Kolb Annex, 5th Floor
Tel +1 212-543-6931

Area of Research

Cognitive/Systems Neuroscience


The physiology of cognitive processes: visual attention, spatial perception and decision making.


We study the psychophysics and physiology of cognitive processes in the monkey, using single unit recording, iontophoresis, and careful behavioral measurements. Current projects include elucidation of the cortical representation of oculomotor proprioception, using saccadic adaptation to understand the coordinate system of neurons in the lateral intraparietal area (LIP), the role of prestriate cortex in visual search, and the role of inhibition in the response of parietal neurons. Recent discoveries in the laboratory include the demonstration of a predictive relationship of parietal activity to both saccadic reaction time and visual attention; the demonstration that the lateral parietal area acts as a linear summing junction for at least three independent signals: a saccadic signal, and undifferentiated visual signal, and a cognitive signal, and the proprioceptive representation of eye position in monkey area 3a of primary somatosensory cortex.

Mickey is now the President-Elect of the Society for Neuroscience.


Jeffries SM, Kusunoki M, Bisley JW, Cohen IS, Goldberg ME. (2007). Rhesus monkeys mislocalize saccade targets flashed for 100ms around the time of the saccade. Vision Res, 47, 1924-1934. 

Wang X, Zhang M, Cohen IS, Goldberg ME. (2007). The proprioceptive representation of eye position in monkey primary somatosensory cortex. Nat Neurosci, 10, 640-646.  

Ipata AE, Gee AL, Gottlieb J, Bisley JW, Goldberg ME. (2006). LIP responses to popout stimulus are reduced if it is overtly ignored. Nat Neurosci, 9, 1071-1076. 

Ipata AE, Gee AL, Goldberg ME, Bisley JW. (2006). Activity in the lateral intraparietal area predicts the goal and latency of saccades in a free-viewing visual search task. J Neurosci, 26, 3656-3661.

Krishna BS, Steenrod SC, Bisley JW, Sirotin YB, Goldberg ME. (2006). Reaction times of manual responses to a visual stimulus at the goal of a planned memory-guided saccade in the monkey. Exp Brain Res, 173, 102-114.

Bisley JW, Goldberg ME. (2006). Neural correlates of attention and distractibility in the lateral intraparietal area. J Neurophysiol, 95, 1696-1717.