Mitchell Sutter

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Position Title

  • Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Center for Neuroscience, 1544 Newton Court, Davis, CA 95618

Research Interests

Our lab researches how the brain analyzes sounds, how attention influences this neural analysis, and how this leads to decisions and actions in response to sound. To do this we use a multidisciplinary approach combining neuroscience (recording the electrical activity of single neurons), behavior, psychology, and quantitative approaches.

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations

Education and Degree(s)
  • 1985 B.S. in Bioengineering, Brown University
  • 1991 Ph.D. in Bioengineering, University of California, San Francisco/Berkeley
  • Downer, J.D., Niwa, M. and Sutter, M.L. (2017) Hierarchical differences in population coding within auditory cortex. J Neurophysiol 118, p. 717-731.
  • Downer, J.D., Rapone, B., Verhein, J., O'Connor, KN, and Sutter, M.L.   (2017). Feature-Selective Attention Adaptively Shifts Noise Correlations in Primary Auditory Cortex Journal of Neuroscience 37(21): p. 5378-92.
  • Downer, JD, Niwa, M., Sutter, M.L. Task Engagement Selectively Modulates Neural Correlations in Primary Auditory Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 35: 7565-7574, 2015.
  • Johnson, J.S., O'Connor, K.N., and Sutter, M.L. Segregating two simultaneous sounds in elevation using temporal envelope: Human psychophysics and a physiological model. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 138: 33-43. 2015.
  • Niwa, M., O'Connor, K.N., Engall, E., Johnson, J.S., and Sutter, M.L. Hierarchical effects of task engagement on amplitude modulation encoding in auditory cortex.  Journal of Neurophysiology 111: 307-327, 2015.