high resolution MRI • visual perception • functional imaging • psychophysics • traumatic brain injury
My research focuses on understanding cortico-cortical communication and information processing. We investigate multiple topics in fundamental science with a particular emphasis on development of new tools with an eye on clinical applications. Our overall goal is to better understand how information is represented in early stages of processing, how this information is communicated through multiple brain areas and transformed in the process, and how this processing is disrupted in neurological disorders such as traumatic brain injury. We use non-invasive brain imaging using MRI to advance our research, and continuously develop methods to improve MRI of the brain. These advancements are then also applied to studies of clinical value, in particular improving detection and diagnosis of concussions.
Gerits, A., Farivar, R., Boyden, E., Rosen, B., Wald, L.L., and Vanduffel, W. (2012). Optogenetically-induced behavioral and functional network changes in primates. Current Biology, 22,1-5
Farivar, R., Thompson, B. Mansouri, B., and Hess, R.F. (2011). Interocular Suppression in Strabismic Amblyopia Results in an Attenuated and Delayed Hemodynamic Response Function in Early Visual Cortex. Journal of Vision.11, 1–12
Farivar, R., Blanke, O., and Chaudhuri, A. (2009). Dorsal-ventral integration in the recognition of motion-defined unfamiliar faces. Journal of Neuroscience, 22, 5336-5342
Farivar, R (2009). Dorsal-ventral integration in object recognition. Brain Research Reviews, 61, 144-153
Janssens T, Keil B, Farivar R, McNab JA, Polimeni JR, Gerits A, Arsenault JT, Wald LL, Vanduffel W, (2012). An implanted 8-channel array coil for high-resolution macaque MRI at 3T. Neuroimage, 62, 1529-1536