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Yang Zhou



Yang Zhou




Research Interest:

Yang’s laboratory is dedicated to exploring the neural circuits and computations of high cognitive functions such as conceptual representation and learning, flexible decision-making, and try to apply them to the development of artificial intelligence and the treatment of cognitive dysfunction in patients. In terms of methods, it will be based on multi-channel extracellular recordings across multi-brain areas of behaving monkeys, combined with pharmacological inactivation, optogenetic stimulation, two-photon calcium imaging, human psychophysics, and machine learning based artificial neural networks.


Selected Publications:

1. Yang Zhou, Matthew Rosen, Sruthi K. Swaminathan, Nicolas Y. Masse, Oliver Zhu and David J. Freedman*, Distributed functions of prefrontal and parietal cortices during sequential categorical decisions, under revisionposted on BioRxiv

2. Yang Zhou, Krithika Mohan and David J. Freedman*, Distributed Category Processing Across Lateral Intraparietal and Medial Superior Temporal Cortices, under revision, posted on BioRxiv

3. Yang Zhou*, Yining Liu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Neuronal Correlates of Many-To-One Sensorimotor Mapping in Lateral Intraparietal Cortex’ Cereb Cortex. 2020 June 03 , first and co-corresponding author;

4. Yang Zhou* and David J. Freedman* ‘Posterior Parietal Cortex Plays a Causal Role in Perceptual and Categorical Decisions’ Science, 2019 Jul 12; 365(6449):180-185, first and co-corresponding author;

5. Yang Zhou, Yining Liu, Si Wu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Neuronal representation of the saccadic timing signals in macaque lateral intraparietal area (LIP)’ Cereb Cortex. 2018 Jul 27:1-14. doi: 10.1093;

6. Yang Zhou, Lixin Liang, Yujun Pan, Ning Qian*, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Sites of overt and covert attention define simultaneous spatial reference centers for visuomotor response’. Sci Rep. 2017 Apr 21;7:46556. doi: 10.1038/srep46556;

7. Yang Zhou#, Gongchen Yu#Xuefei Yu , Si Wu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Asymmetric representations of upper and lower visual fields in egocentric and allocentric references’. J.Vision. 2017  Vol.17, 9. doi:10.1167/17.1.9;

8. Yang Zhou, Yining Liu, Si Wu, Haidong Lu, Mingsha Zhang* ‘Neural representation of the computation of motor error by single neurons in the parietal cortex’. Elife, 2016; 5:e10912;

9. Yang Zhou#, Yining Liu#, Wangzikang Zhang, and Mingsha Zhang* (2012) ‘Asymmetric influence of egocentric representation onto allocentric perception’. J. Neurosci. 32: 8354-8360;



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