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Pamela Reinagel

Pamela Reinagel

Associate Professor of Biology
Computational Neurobiology

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Mechanism and Theory of Visually Guided Action

The Reinagel lab studies perceptually guided selection of action in the visually behaving rat. Our primary experimental tool is quantitative visual behavior. Much of our effort is focused on building computational models to explain reward-motivated choice behavior in the face of sensory uncertainty. Lesions and pharmacology are used to probe neural mechanisms. One current focus is the speed-accuracy trade-off of rats as they perform different types of visual discriminations. A second focus is blindsight: identifying which visual behaviors are dependent on primary visual cortex in the rat, and characterizing visual decision-making and learning in V1-independent visual behaviors.


Reinagel, P (2013) Speed and Accuracy of Visual Motion Discrimination by Rats. PLoS-ONE 8(6):e68505. .

Petruno, S, Clark, RE, and Reinagel, P (2013) Evidence that primary visual cortex is required for image orientation and motion discrimination by rats. PLoS-ONE.0056543

Discenza, C, and Reinagel, P (2012)Dorsal lateral geniculate substructure in the Long–Evans rat. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 6:40.

Meier, PM and Reinagel P (2011) Rat performance on visual detection task modeled with divisive normalization and adaptive decision thresholds.Journal of Vision 11(9)1.

Clark, RE, Reinagel P, Broadbent NJ, Flister ED, and Squire, LR (2011) Intact performance on feature ambiguous discriminations in rats with lesions of the perirhinal cortex. Neuron 70(1):132-140.

Meier*, PM, Flister*, ED, and Reinagel P (2011) Collinear features impair visual detection by rats. Journal of Vision 11(3)22.