Anna Sterkin

Anna Sterkin, PhD
Anna is an Associate Scientist in the Clinical Neuroscience Lab. Her current research is on visual perception, focused on the neuro-physiological substrates of visual perception, learning and neuroplasticity in the human brain, under normal conditions and following pharmacological manipulation. In her experimental work, Anna combines Visual Evoked Potentials (VEP) and Event-Related Potentials (ERP) recording with behavioral measurements, in healthy individuals and patients with various clinical disorders. Anna has obtained her PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science, at the Department of Neurobiology, where she investigated interactions between visual and auditory modalities in processing sensory and language-related information, using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) of the brain.

Publications
Polat, U, Sterkin, A., Yehezkel, O. Spatio-temporal low-level neural networks account for visual masking (2007) Advances in Cognitive Psychology. 3 (1-2) 153-165.
Sterkin, A., Yehezkel, O., Bonneh, Y.,  Norcia, A.M. Polat, U. (2008) Multi-component correlate for lateral collinear interactions in the human visual cortex Vision Res,  48(15): 1641–1647.
Sterkin, A., Sterkin, A., Polat, U. (2008) Response similarity as a basis for perceptual binding. Journal of Vision  8 (7) 1-12.
Sterkin, A., Yehezkel, O., Bonneh, Y., Norcia, A.M. Polat, U. (2009) Backward masking suppresses collinear facilitation in the visual cortex Vision Res, 49 (14) 1784-1794.
Yehezkel O., Sagi D., Sterkin A., Polat U., (2010) Learning to adapt: Dynamics of readaptation to geometrical distortions.  Vision Res, 50 1550–1558.

Awards
2009 Young Investigator Research Grant, The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel.
2008 Maratie foundation travel award, for presenting the work at the VSS conference.
2005 Postdoctoral Scholarship, The National Institute for Psychobiology inIsrael.
2003 Travel award, the Organization for Human Brain Mapping provided by a grant from the Human Brain Project.

Conference Papers and Posters
1. Sterkin, A.,  Polat, U., Yehezkel, O., Lev, M.,, Zomet, A., Schor, C., and Levi, D. (2011). Perceptual training induces visual gains that overcome the optical deficits in presbyopia. ISVER Meeting.
2. Polat,U., Sterkin, A., Yehezkel, O., Lev, M., Zomet, A., Schor, C., Levi, D. (2011). Perceptual Training Overcomes the Optical Limits of Presbyopia. ARVO Meeting
3. Sterkin, A., Polat, U. (2010). Improving vision in presbyopia. ISVER Meeting
4. Sterkin A., Yehezkel O., Lev, M., & Polat, U. (2010). Training To See Faster Improves The Processing Speed In The Brain.  ARVO Meeting.
5. Yehezkel O., Sterkin A., and Polat U. (2010). Discriminating between faster periphery and slower fovea using ERP. ISVER Meeting.
6. Yehezkel O., Sterkin A., Bonneh Y. and Polat U. (2010). Faster periphery and slower fovea for coherent perception.  VSS Meeting.
7. Yehezkel O., Sterkin A., and Polat U. (2009). Mutual modulation between foveal and peripheral responses. ISFNMeetiSterkin, A.,Yehezkel, O., Zomet, A., Lev, M., Polat, U. (2009). Pharmacological enhancement of cortical inhibition affects lateral interactions in human vision. VSS Meeting.
8. Sterkin A., Yehezkel O., Zomet A., Lev M. and Polat U. (2008). Pharmacological manipulation of lateral interactions in human vision. ISFN Meeting.Sterkin, A., Sterkin, A., and Polat, U. (2008). Spatio-temporal neuronal interactions as a basis for perceptual binding. VSS Meeting.
9. Sterkin, A., Yehezkel, O., Bonneh, Y., Norcia, A., and Polat, U. (2007). Multi-component correlate for lateral collinear interaction in the human visual cortex as revealed by Visual Evoked Potentials. VSS Meeting.
10. Sterkin, A., Sterkin, A., and Polat, U. (2008). Functional architecture of collinear interactions induce spatial and temporal correlation as a basis for binding. ISFN Meeting.
11. Sterkin, A., Yehezkel, O., Bonneh, Y., Norcia, A., and Polat, U. (2006). Complex neural processing in backward masking as revealed by visual evoked potentials. ISFN Meeting.
12. Sterkin A.,  Levi A., Amiaz R., Polat U. (2006). Functional neural network involved in decision making in patients with depression using f-MRI. The Annual Meeting of the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel.
13. Sterkin, A., Morocz I.A., Kushnir, T., Breznitz, Z., and Karni, A. (2005). Listening to words affects reading: the modulation of V1 responses by prior auditory experience. OHBM Meeting.
14. Sterkin, A., Kushnir, T., Brezner, A., and Karni, A. (2003). The foot recruits the two hands: motor-specific cortical plasticity in severe joint disease. OHBM Meeting.
15. Sterkin A., Shmuel A., Korman M., Harel M., Malach R. (1999). Intrinsic horizontal connections between different cytochrome oxidase compartments in owl monkey area V2. ISFN Meeting.

anna.sterkin@gmail.com
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