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Grad students publish Journal Club paper in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Two graduate students and a research assistant from the Center for Mind and Brain and a neuroscience Ph.D. alumnus recently joined a prestigious authors “club” with the publication of a paper on motion-inducing optical illusions.

Their article, “Propagating Cortical Waves May Underlie Illusory Motion Perception,” was published in the “Journal Club” section in the June 29 issue of the “Journal of Neuroscience.”

CMB graduate students Felix Bacigalupo and Ashley Royston wrote the article with CMB research assistant Jaime Napan, who earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and neurobiology, physiology and behavior from UC Davis in 2014, and Zachary W. Davis, a postdoctoral researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences who earned his Ph.D. in neuroscience from UC Davis in 2015.

In the Journal Club, grad students and postdocs write brief reviews of recently published papers, without a faculty member as a co-author. The purpose of the club is to make research findings accessible to a broad range of young neuroscientists. Articles are selected for their novel insights. 

Bacigalupo is a doctoral student in the Laboratory for Basic and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, led by CMB Director Steve Luck.

Royston is Ph.D. candidate and Napan is a research assistant in the lab of Distinguished Professor Ron Mangun.   

Bacigalupo said the article grew out of discussions between the researchers in the neighboring labs about a possible scientific collaboration. "The starting point was a literature review," he said.

Their resulting article was the first they had ever submitted for consideration in the Journal Club.