His research topics include:
Extreme Synergy: Recent results at Princeton indicate that even relatively weak pairwise correlations between retinal neurons can, in aggregate, produce astonishing levels of order in the resulting firing patterns, in much the same way that the interactions between local domains can lead to global ordering of ferromagnetic materials below the Curie temperature. Garrett has recently been investigating the hypothesis that the presence of similarly realistic pairwise correlations could allow downstream targets to more rapidly reconstruct visual stimuli from retinal spike trains.