Summary

I am a postdoctoral research scientist in the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University. I did my graduate work with David Freedman at The University of Chicago.

In my research, I like to think about how the neural code solves problems such as: remaining robust in the face of noise (or other disorder), allows for generalization across different contexts and between different stimuli, represents multiple different stimuli at once without confusing them, and -- of course -- how it does all of this at once! I believe that the fact that the brain must often represent multiple stimuli simultaneously is an important constraint on the neural code that is understudied in theoretical neuroscience. As a result, much of my current work is at least obliquely related to this topic.

Outside my research, I am very interested in cooperation (living, eating, sharing resources, etc.), I like to imagine and work toward worlds that are freer and more just than the one we have now (or than any world possible under capitalism), I like to read and discuss a variety of things (including anarchism and poetry), I like to go outside (hiking, backpacking, canoeing, canyoneering, cross-country skiing), and I like to play tabletop and board games.

Pronouns: he/they
Email: wjeffreyjohnston (at) gmail (dot) com
Github: github.com/wj2
Twitter: @wjeffjohnston