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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?
• What are the brain processes and mechanisms that underlie visual perception?
• What are mechanisms that underlie the development of high-level visual cortex?
• How does this development affect visual perception?
• How does recent experience and learning affect cortical representations and perception?
• What are the mechanisms that underlie invariant visual recognition?
What are the neural underpinnings of facial recognition?