Our scientific discipline is cognitive neuroscience, and our research focuses on the psychological and neural properties of the human visual system. The work in the lab is designed to elucidate brain mechanisms that give rise to perception of faces, objects and scenes and in turn, to visually guided behavior.
In our research we explore this fascinating interplay from two related perspectives:
First, we are interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying the representation of visual information, both as mediated by the visual cortex but also in the way visual cortex interacts with other brain regions.
Second, we are interested in understanding the neural mechanisms giving rise to subjective, conscious experience.
In this latter context, we utilize object perception as a powerful platform for manipulating conscious visual experience in a controlled manner, which enables us to study directly the relation between brain mechanisms and subjective experience of perception.
We investigate these issues by combining functional magnetic resonance imaging –fMRI, eye tracking, physiological and behavioral techniques, and by studying healthy individuals as well as individuals with specific neuropsychological deficits affecting various aspects of perception.
We hope that the research in the lab will enable us to understand more about the human visual system, and related brain areas mediating the experience of visual perception.
Brain areas that are activated during face (upper) and object (lower) perception