James W. Bisley, Ph.D.


Associate Professor, Neurobiology
Member, Brain Research Institute
Neuroengineering Training Program
Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Contact Information

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 951763Los Angeles, CA 90025UNITED STATES


Dr Bisley received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in Australia where he studied the peripheral somatosensory system. He did his first post-doc at the University of Rochester working with Dr Tatiana Pasternak, where he studied the neural mechanisms underlying memory for motion. In 1999, he went to Washington, DC where he worked with Dr Michael E. Goldberg at Georgetown University and the National Eye Institute, studying the neural mechanisms underlying visuo-spatial attention. Dr Bisley moved to Columbia University with Dr Goldberg in 2002 and joined UCLA in 2006.


Arcizet F., Mirpour K., Foster D.J., Charpentier C.J., Bisley J.W.   LIP activity in the inter-stimulus interval of a change detection task biases the behavioral response Journal of Neurophysiology, 2015; jn.00604.2015.
Zelinsky G.J., Bisley J.W.   The what, where, and why of priority maps and their interactions with visual working memory Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2015; 1339(12): 154-64.
Krishna B.S., Ipata A.E., Bisley J.W., Gottlieb J., Goldberg M.E.   Extrafoveal preview benefit during free-viewing visual search in the monkey Journal of Vision, 2014; 14(1): .
Mirpour K., Bisley J.W.   Evidence for differential top-down and bottom-up suppression in posterior parietal cortex Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, 2013; 368(1628): 20130069.
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 Surgical Endoscopy, 2013; 27(4): 1111-8.
Shariat Torbaghan S., Yazdi D., Mirpour K., Bisley J.W.   Inhibition of return in a visual foraging task in non-human subjects Vision Research, 2012; 74(4): 2-9.
Mirpour K., Bisley J.W.   Anticipatory remapping of attentional priority across the entire visual field The Journal of Neuroscience, 2012; 32(46): 16449-57.
Mirpour K., Bisley J.W.   Dissociating activity in the lateral intraparietal area from value using a visual foraging task Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2012; 109(25): 10083-8.
Arcizet F., Mirpour K., Bisley J.W.   A pure salience response in posterior parietal cortex Cerebral Cortex, 2011; 21(11): 2498-506.
Ong W.S., Bisley J.W.   A lack of anticipatory remapping of retinotopic receptive fields in the middle temporal area J Neurosci, 2011; 31(29): 10432-6.
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 Euro J Neurosci, 2011; 33(11): 1982-90.
Bisley J.W.   The neural basis of visual attention J Physiol, 2011; 589(Pt 1): 49-57.
Bisley J.W., Goldberg M.E.   Attention, intention, and priority in the parietal lobe Ann Rev Neurosci, 2010; 33(6): 1-21.
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; 104(6): 3021-8.
Culjat M.O., Bisley J.W., King C.-H., Wottawa C., Fan R.E., Dutson E.P., Grundfest W.S.   Tactile feedback in surgical robotics, Surgical Robotics Systems, Applications and Visions, 2010; 449-468.
Mirpour K., Arcizet F., Ong W.S., Bisley J.W.   Been there, seen that: a neural mechanism for performing efficient visual search J Neurophysiol, 2009; 102(6): 3481-91.
Ong W.S., Hooshvar N., Zhang M., Bisley J.W.   Psychophysical evidence for spatiotopic processing in area MT in a short-term memory for motion task J Neurophysiol, 2009; 102(4): 2435-40.
King C.-H., Culjat M.O., Franco M., Lewis C.E., Dutson E.P., Grundfest W.S., Bisley J.W.   Tactile feedback induces reduced grasping force in robot-assisted surgery, IEEE Trans Haptics , 2009; 2: 103-110.
Bisley J.W., Ipata A.E., Krishna B.S., Gee A.L., Goldberg M.E.   The lateral intraparietal area: a priority map in posterior parietal cortex, Cortical Mechanisms of Vision, 2009; 9-34.
Ipata A.E., Gee A.L., Bisley J.W., Goldberg M.E.   Neurons in the lateral intraparietal area create a priority map by the combination of disparate signals Exp Brain Res, 2009; 192(3): 479-88.
King C.-H., Culjat M.O., Franco M.L., Bisley J.W., Dutson E., Grundfest W.S.   Optimization of a pneumatic balloon tactile display for robot-assisted surgery based on human perception IEEE Trans Biomed Eng, 2008; 55(11): 2593-600.
Gee A.L., Ipata A.E., Gottlieb J., Bisley J.W., Goldberg M.E.   Neural enhancement and pre-emptive perception: the genesis of attention and the attentional maintenance of the cortical salience map Perception, 2008; 37(3): 389-400.
Fan R.E., Culjat M.O., King C.-H., Franco M.L., Boryk R., Bisley J.W., Dutson E., Grundfest W.S.   A haptic feedback system for lower-limb prostheses IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng, 2008; 16(3): 270-7.
Ganguli S., Bisley J.W., Roitman J.D., Shadlen M.N., Goldberg M.E., Miller K.D.   One-dimensional dynamics of attention and decision making in LIP Neuron, 2008; 58(1): 15-25.
Gee A.L., Ipata A.E., Bisley J.W., Gottlieb J., Goldberg M.E.   On the agnosticism of spikes: salience, saccades, and attention in the lateral intraparietal area of the monkey, Sensorimotor Foundations of Higher Cognition: Attention and Performance XXII, 2007; 3-25.
Ipata A.E., Gee A.L., Goldberg M.E., Bisley J.W.   Activity in the lateral intraparietal area predicts the goal and latency of saccades in a free viewing visual search task J. Neurosci, 2006; 26(14): 3656-3661.
Ipata A.E., Gee A.L., Gottlieb J., Bisley J.W., Goldberg M.E.   LIP responses to a popout stimulus are reduced if it is overtly ignored Nat Neurosci, 2006; 9(8): 1071-1076.
Bisley J.W., Goldberg M.E.   Neural correlates of attention and distractibility in the lateral intraparietal area J Neurophysiol, 2006; 95(3): 1696-717.
Goldberg M.E., Bisley J.W., Powell K.D., Gottlieb J.   Saccades, salience and attention: the role of the lateral intraparietal area in visual behavior Prog Brain Res, 2006; 155: 157-175.
Bisley J.W., Zaksas D., Droll J.A., Pasternak T.   Activity of neurons in cortical area MT during a memory for motion task J Neurophysiol, 2004; 91(1): 286-300.
Bisley J.W., Krishna B.S., Goldberg M.E.   A rapid and precise on-response in posterior parietal cortex J Neurosci, 2004; 24(8): 1833-8.
Bisley J.W., Goldberg M.E.   The role of the parietal cortex in the neural processing of saccadic eye movements Adv Neurol, 2003; 93: 141-57.
Pasternak T., Bisley J.W., Calkins D.   Visual information processing in the primate brain, Biological Psychology, 2003; 139-185.
Bisley J.W., Goldberg M.E.   Neuronal activity in the lateral intraparietal area and spatial attention Science, 2003; 299(5603): 81-6.
Bisley J.W., Zaksas D., Pasternak T.   Microstimulation of cortical area MT affects performance on a visual working memory task J Neurophysiol, 2001; 85(1): 187-96.
Zaksas D., Bisley J.W., Pasternak T.   Motion information is spatially localized in a visual working-memory task J Neurophysiol, 2001; 86(2): 912-21.
Bisley J.W., Pasternak T.   The multiple roles of visual cortical areas MT/MST in remembering the direction of visual motion Cereb Cortex, 2000; 10(11): 1053-65.
Goodwin A.W., Macefield V.G., Bisley J.W.   Encoding of object curvature by tactile afferents from human fingers J Neurophysiol, 1997; 78(6): 2881-8.
Bisley J.W., Rees S.M., McKinley M.J., Hards D.K., Oldfield B.J.   Identification of osmoresponsive neurons in the forebrain of the rat: a Fos study at the ultrastructural level Brain Res, 1996; 720(1-2): 25-34.