Cheryl Olman, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

E-MAIL: [email protected]
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Research Interests:

Employing a combination of visual psychophysics and fMRI, I want to determine how detection of local image features interacts with scene perception. How are local features in an image selected and grouped to construct a mental representation of a scene or object? To what extent do internal templates determine feature selection and shape perception?

I also spend time investigating the linkage between what BOLD fMRI measures (changes in blood oxygenation) and what we want to know (the underlying neural activity). Is it the input or the output of a visual area that drives the blood flow response? Are excitation and inhibition always balanced, or can inhibition drive the BOLD response as well as excitation? How do spatial characteristics of vascular regulation distort our view of spatially distributed neural activity?

Selected Publications:

(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

  • Olman CA. What multiplexing means for the interpretation of functional MRI data. Front Hum Neurosci. 2023 Apr 6;17:1134811.
  • Schallmo MP, Weldon KB, Kamath RS, Moser HR, Montoya SA, Killebrew KW, Demro C, Grant AN, Marjańska M, Sponheim SR, Olman CA. The psychosis human connectome project: Design and rationale for studies of visual neurophysiology. Neuroimage. 2023 May 15;272:120060.
  • Reinke M, Longenecker JM, Chowdhury L, Thai M, Begnel E, Horek N, Olman C, Cullen KR, Klimes-Dougan B. Behavioral apophenia and dimensions of psychoticism in adolescents with and without mood disorders. Psychopathology. 2023 Mar 8:1-5.
  • Dowdle LT, Vizioli L, Moeller S, Akçakaya M, Olman C, Ghose G, Yacoub E, Uğurbil K. Evaluating increases in sensitivity from NORDIC for diverse fMRI acquisition strategies. Neuroimage. 2023 Apr 15;270:119949.
  • Pokorny VJ, Schallmo MP, Sponheim SR, Olman CA. Weakened untuned gain control is associated with schizophrenia while atypical orientation-tuned suppression depends on visual acuity. J Vis. 2023 Feb 1;23(2):2.
  • Schallmo MP, Weldon KB, Burton PC, Sponheim SR, Olman CA. Assessing methods for geometric distortion compensation in 7 T gradient echo functional MRI data. Hum Brain Mapp. 2021 Sep;42(13):4205-4223.
  • Demro C, Mueller BA, Kent JS, Burton PC, Olman CA, Schallmo MP, Lim KO, Sponheim SR. The psychosis human connectome project: An overview. Neuroimage. 2021 Nov 1;241:118439.
  • Weldon KB, Olman CA. Forging a path to mesoscopic imaging success with ultra-high field functional magnetic resonance imaging. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2021 Jan 4;376(1815):20200040.
  • Navarro KT, Sanchez MJ, Engel SA, Olman CA, Weldon KB. Depth-dependent functional MRI responses to chromatic and achromatic stimuli throughout V1 and V2. Neuroimage. 2021 Feb 1;226:117520.
  • Pokorny VJ, Lano TJ, Schallmo MP, Olman CA, Sponheim SR. Reduced influence of perceptual context in schizophrenia: behavioral and neurophysiological evidence. Psychol Med. 2021 Apr;51(5):786-794.
  • Klein SD, Olman CA, Sponheim SR. Perceptual mechanisms of visual hallucinations and illusions in psychosis. J Psychiatr Brain Sci. 2020;5:e200020.
  • Breedlove JL, St-Yves G, Olman CA, Naselaris T. Generative feedback explains distinct brain activity codes for seen and mental images. Curr Biol. 2020 Jun 22;30(12):2211-2224.e6.
  • Pokorny VJ, Espensen-Sturges TD, Burton PC, Sponheim SR, Olman CA. Aberrant cortical connectivity during ambiguous object recognition Is associated with schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2020 Oct 10:S2451-9022(20)30287-1.
  • Olman CA, Espensen-Sturges T, Muscanto I, Longenecker JM, Burton PC, Grant AN, Sponheim SR. Fragmented ambiguous objects: Stimuli with stable low-level features for object recognition tasks. PLoS One. 2019 Apr 11;14(4):e0215306.
  • Allen EJ, Burton PC, Mesik J, Olman CA, Oxenham AJ. Cortical correlates of attention to auditory features. J Neurosci. 2019 Apr 24;39(17):3292-3300.
  • Olman CA, Bao P, Engel SA, Grant AN, Purington C, Qiu C, Schallmo MP, Tjan BS. Hemifield columns co-opt ocular dominance column structure in human achiasma. Neuroimage. 2018;164:59-66.
  • Allen EJ, Burton PC, Olman CA, Oxenham AJ. Representations of pitch and timbre variation in human auditory cortex. J Neurosci. 2017;37(5):1284-1293.
  • Schallmo MP, Grant AN, Burton PC, Olman CA. The effects of orientation and attention during surround suppression of small image features: A 7 Tesla fMRI study. J Vis. 2016 Aug 1;16(10):19.
  • Qiu C, Burton PC, Kersten D, Olman CA. Responses in early visual areas to contour integration are context dependent. J Vis. 2016 Jun 1;16(8):19.
  • Mannion DJ, Kersten DJ, Olman CA. Scene coherence can affect the local response to natural images in human V1. Eur J Neurosci. 2015;42(11):2895-903
  • Schallmo MP, Sponheim SR, Olman CA. Reduced contextual effects on visual contrast perception in schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder. Psychol Med. 2015;45(16):3527-37.
  • Olman CA. What insights can fMRI offer into the structure and function of mid-tier visual areas? Vis Neurosci. 2015 Jan;32:E015.
  • Naselaris T, Olman CA, Stansbury DE, Ugurbil K, Gallant JL. A voxel-wise encoding model for early visual areas decodes mental images of remembered scenes. Neuroimage. 2015;105:215-228
  • Mannion DJ, Kersten DJ, Olman CA. Regions of mid-level human visual cortex sensitive to the global coherence of local image patches. J Cogn Neurosci. 2014;26(8):1764-1774.
  • Thompson SK, Engel SA, Olman CA. Larger neural responses produce BOLD signals that begin earlier in time. Front Neurosci. 2014 Jun 12;8:159.

Current Students:

Joseph Emerson, Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Former Graduate Students:

Michael Paul Schallmo (Ph.D. 2014, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Jennifer Schumacher (Ph.D. 2010, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Serena Thompson (Ph.D. 2009, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota)

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