User:Dona Kim Murphey

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Dona Kim Murphey
MD/PhD Candidate
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, S603
Houston, Texas 77030


  • 2010 (anticipated), M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2008, Ph.D. Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2001, A.B. History and Science, Harvard College

Research Interests

I am interested in the contributions of electrical signals in the human brain to visual perception. For my thesis work, I worked with non-human primates as well as with patients with medically intractable epilepsy implanted with semi-chronic subdural surface electrodes for clinical purposes. We used electrical stimulation to examine the role of different visual areas in supporting visual percepts.

Clinical Interests

neurology/neurophysiology, neuroradiology, psychiatry


1. Murphey DK & Maunsell JH (2007) Behavioral detection of electrical microstimulation in different cortical visual areas. Curr Biol 17(10):862-867.
2. Murphey DK, Yoshor D, & Beauchamp MS (2008) Perception matches selectivity in the human anterior color center. Curr Biol 18(3):216-220.
3. Murphey DK & Maunsell JH (2008) Electrical microstimulation thresholds for behavioral detection and saccades in monkey frontal eye fields. PNAS 105(20):7315-7320.
4. Dulay MF*, Murphey DK*, Sun P, David YB, Maunsell JH, Beauchamp MS, Yoshor D (2008) Computer-controlled electrical stimulation for quantitative mapping of human cortical function. J Neurosurg.
5. Murphey DK, Maunsell JH, Yoshor D*, Beauchamp MS* (2009) Perceiving electrical stimulation of identified human visual areas. PNAS (In Press).

  • These two authors contributed equally to the manuscript.