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Grill-Spector Vision & Perception Neuroscience Lab     (Directions)
Jordan Hall, Building 420
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2130
ph: (650) 723-1750
fax: (650) 725-5699

Our research utilizes functional imaging (fMRI), computational techniques, and behavioral methods to investigate visual recognition and other high-level visual processes. For humans, recognition is a natural, effortless skill that occurs within a few hundreds of milliseconds, yet, it is one of the least understood aspects of visual perception. We investigate the brain mechanisms and neural representations in the human visual cortex that subserve recognition, and the relation between these neural processes, and our visual perception of the world.

Research Questions

What are the principles of functional organization of high-level human visual cortex?
Why are functional regions in high-level visual cortex consistent across individuals?
Do functional and white matter properties of the brain affect perception?
What is the temporal capacity of high-level visual regions?
What are mechanisms that underlie the development of high-level visual cortex?
• How does this development affect visual perception?
What learning mechanisms enable invariant visual perception?
What are the neural underpinnings of facial recognition?
How does attention affect computations in face-selective regions?

Functional Localizer of Category-Selective Regions

Our lab developed an efficient functional localizer experiment to define category-selective cortical regions in human occipito-temporal cortex. You can download the experiment developed for psychtoolbox here.

Cross-validated Cytoarchitectonic Atlas of the Ventral Stream

This atlas of 8 cytoarchitectonic regions of the human ventral stream developed by the Stanford Vision & Perception Neuroscience Lab in FreeSurfer as well as BrainVoyager file formats can be downloaded here.