September 2019
Volume 19, Issue 10
Open Access
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   September 2019
Inverted encoding models reconstruct the model response, not the stimulus
Author Affiliations
  • Justin L. Gardner
    Stanford University
  • Taosheng Liu
    Michigan State University
Journal of Vision September 2019, Vol.19, 6b. doi:
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      Justin L. Gardner, Taosheng Liu; Inverted encoding models reconstruct the model response, not the stimulus. Journal of Vision 2019;19(10):6b. doi:

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Life used to be simpler for sensory neuroscientists. Some measurement of neural activity, be it single-unit activity or increase in BOLD response, was measured against systematic variation of a stimulus and the resulting tuning functions presented and interpreted. But as the field discovered signal in the pattern of responses across voxels in a BOLD measurement or dynamic structure hidden within the activity of a population of neurons, computational techniques to extract features not easily discernible from raw measurement increasingly began to intervene between measurement and data presentation and interpretation. I will discuss one particular technique, the inverted encoding model, and how it extracts model responses rather than stimulus representations and what challenges that makes for interpretation of results.


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