• Marc Sommer

    Bringing Neuroscience & BME to the Public

    Dr. Sommer speaks on circuits for metacognition at Motorco in Durham on March 29, 2016. The event was hosted by Periodic Tables as part of the Duke Institute for Brain Science's Brain Awareness Week.

  • TMS

    Robotics Project

    Humans make roughly three eye movements every second and with each eye movement, the image of the world on the retina undergoes a sudden and rapid change. Yet, we do not perceive the world as jumpy. Ongoing work aims to understand the neural mechanisms involved in this image stabilization using computational and robotic techniques to simulate a biologically plausible solution to the problem. Read More

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    The Sommer Lab

    Group picture taken outside CIEMAS (Spring 2013)


The goals of the laboratory are to study neuronal circuits of the brain underlying vision, cognition, and movement. We focus on the role of the frontal cortex and its communication with other cortical and subcortical areas. Techniques used in the lab include single neuron electrophysiology, psychophysics, and computational modeling. To translate our basic research into therapies for psychiatric and motor disorders, we examine the neural basis of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and other techniques for repairing brain function. Members of the lab come from a great range of disciplines including Biomedical and Electrical engineering, mathematics, neuroscience, neuroanatomy and more. Since the research done in lab is highly interdisciplinary, our lab often collaborates with departments throughout Duke as well as with other institutions.