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Professor Horace Barlow honoured with the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

Horace BarlowHorace Barlow, from the Department of Physiology, Development and This figure shows the extra attenuation at all orientations and spatial frequencies caused by 2 deg/sec motion of an image downward and to the right. It was calculated from measurements of Koenderinck and van Doorn (1979) made using counterphase flickering gratings. The colours crossed by the solid line show the attenuations at different frequencies for spatial frequency components modulated in the direction of motion. The red segments show the lack of attenuation at all spatial frequencies for modulation directions orthogonal to the motion, but the segments are narrow and should yield accurate information about the direction of the orthogonal. The dotted line is at 84° to the direction of motion, 6° from the orthogonal, and there is already considerable attenuation of high spatial frequencies. From Professor Barlow's research. Neuroscience, University of Cambridge has been awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.

The American Society for Neuroscience present the prize to `an individual whose activities over a period of time have produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience, or to a person who has made a particularly noteworthy advance over the past several years in theoretical or computational neuroscience'.

The Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience is supported by The Swartz Foundation. The prize is presented at the Society's annual meeting (October 17th - 21st 2009, Chicago). Last year's winner was Wilfrid Rall, PhD who spent the majority of his career at the National Institutes of Health, USA.

Posted on 16/09/2009

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