|Research Associate Professor|
|Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill|
|070 MacNider Hall|
|UNC Chapel Hill|
|Computational & Functional Organization of Cortical Networks, Sensory Information Processing|
|I have been actively involved in somatosensory research since 1980, when I first started doing neurophysiological experiments in Dr. Hiroshi Asanuma’s lab. I have continued this line of research since then, studying the functional organization of somatosensory cortex and sensory information processing using a combination of single-neuron microelectrode recordings and metabolic and later optical imaging of cortical activity, combined with computational modeling of cortical networks. The focus of my research is on neural bases of perception, with special emphasis on the relationship between patterns of neuroelectrical activity in the somatosensory cerebral cortex and tactile perception, physiological mechanisms responsible for generation of neuroelectrical activity in the cerebral cortex, and cortical information processing, in particular those computational algorithms that enable the cerebral cortex to recognize high-order regularities in observed phenomena and to take advantage of them in perceptual and decision-making tasks|
|1. Kursun, O. and Favorov, O.V. (2004) SINBAD automation of scientific discovery: from factor analysis to theory synthesis. Natural Computing 3: 207-233.
2. Favorov, O.V. and Ryder D. (2004) SINBAD: a neocortical mechanism for discovering environmental variables and regularities hidden in sensory input. Biological Cybernetics 90: 191-202.
3. Favorov, O. V., Ryder, D., Hester, J. T., Kelly, D. G. and Tommerdahl, M. (2003) The cortical pyramidal cell as a set of interacting error backpropagating networks: a mechanism for discovering nature’s order. In: Theories of the Cerebral Cortex, R. Hecht-Nielsen and T. McKenna (eds.), Springer, London, pp.25-64.
4. Ryder, D. and Favorov, O.V. (2001) The new associationism: a neural explanation for the predictive powers of cerebral cortex. Brain and Mind 2: 161-194.
5. Tommerdahl M, Chiu J, Favorov OV and Whitsel BL (2005) Minicolumnar patterns in the global cortical response to sensory stimulation. In: Neocortical Modularity and the Cell Minicolumn, Manuel F. Casanova, M.D., ed., NOVA Science Publishers, New York, pp. 145-160.