Imagine yourself dropped into a room in an unfamiliar house. How long does it take you to figure out whether you've landed in the kitchen or the living room? Although your answer is probably just a small fraction of a second, the computations performed by the visual system to help you reach this decision are tremendously complex.
The Vision and Cognition Lab uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) combined with behavioral methods to understand the neuroscience of visual perception and cognition, with an emphasis on the processes underlying object recognition. Current and upcoming projects include efforts to understand how the visual system encodes information about multiple simultaneously-viewed objects, the impact of perceptual learning upon the physiology of the visual system, and the functional relationships among high-order visual areas of the temporal lobe.