James Bisley Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology



  • Ph.D., University of Melbourne
  • Postdoctorate, University of Rochester
  • Postdoctorate, Georgetown University and the National Eye Institute, 1999-2002
  • Postdoctorate, Columbia University, 2002-2006

Research Interests

My interests revolve around vision and visual perception.
Specifically, I have focused on 2 questions: What are the neural mechanisms
underlying the allocation of visual attention and how are moving stimuli
encoded and remembered in the brain. To answer these questions, I work with
animals that are trained to perform simple behavioral tasks. I then use
techniques such as single unit recording, reversible inactivation,
microstimulation and long-term lesion studies. Recently, I have been studying
the responses of neurons in posterior parietal cortex, while the animals
perform under naturalistic viewing conditions. I am also running experiments
that are aimed at understanding how information about visual motion is stored
in short-term memory tasks. Finally, I have a continuing study aimed at
understanding distractions based on a hierarchal model of the attentional
allocation system.

Recent Papers

  1. Wottawa C.R., Cohen J.R., Fan R.E., Bisley J.W., Culjat M.O., Grundfest W.S., Dutson E.P. “The role of tactile feedback in grip force during laparoscopic training tasks.” Surg Endosc. 2013 Apr;27(4):1111-8.
  2. Mirpour K., Bisley J.W. “Anticipatory remapping of attentional priority across the entire visual field.” J Neurosci. 2012 Nov 14;32(46):16449-57.
  3. Mirpour K., Bisley J.W. “Dissociating activity in the lateral intraparietal area from value using a visual foraging task.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jun 19;109(25):10082-8.
  4. Shariat Torbaghan S., Yazdi D., Mirpour K., Bisley J.W. “Inhibition of return in a visual foraging task in non-human subjects.” Vision Res. 2012 Dec 1;72:2-9.
  5. Ong W.Z., Bisley J.W., “A lack of anticipatory remapping of retinotopic receptive fields in the middle temporal area,” J Neurosci. 2011 Jul 20;31(29):10432-6.
  6. Bisley J.W., Mirpour K., Arcizet F., Ong W.S., “The role of the lateral intraparietal area in orienting attention and its implications for visual search,” Eur J Neurosci. 2011 Jun;33(11):1982-90.
  7. Arcizet F., Mirpour K., Bisley J.W., “A pure salience response in posterior parietal cortex,” Cereb Cortex. 2011 Nov;21(11):2498-506. Epub 2011 Mar 21.
  8. Wottawa C., Fan R., Bisley J.W., Dutson E.P., Culjat M.O., Grundfest W.S., “Applications of tactile feedback in medicine,” Stud Health Technol Inform. 2011;163:703-9
  9. Culjat M.O., Son J., Fan R.E., Wottawa C., Bisley J.W., Grundfest W.S., Dutson E.P., “Remote tactile sensing glove-based system,” Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2010;2010:1550-4.
  10. Mirpour K., Ong W.S., Bisley J.W., “Microstimulation of posterior parietal cortex biases the selection of eye movement goals during search,” J Neurophysiol. 2010 Dec;104(6):3021-8. Epub 2010 Sep 22.