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Our research utilizes functional imaging (fMRI), quantitative MRI,diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), electrocarticography, computational technique,s and behavioral methods to investigate the neural basis of visual recognition and categorization. For humans, visual 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 are interested in investigating the underlying representations and cortical mechanisms that subserve recognition, and relate between these neural processes and our visual perception of the world.


Kalanit and Jesse scanning Kevin

Longitudinal Kids Study
Some regions of the brain seem to be hardwired from birth, while others are shaped by your experiences well into adulthood. We are conducting a large study to investigate how these visual regions of the brain develop from childhood to adulthood, as little is currently known. To learn more and if you are intersted in participating, Click the colored brain below! Kids Study

Object Selective Regions in the Human Brain
Here you can see visual areas in the human cortex that are selectively activated when people look at objects in the world and are involved in object recognition. These regions include the lateral occipital complex that is located bilaterally, extending ventrally into temporal cortex. The images were acquired from MRI scans in which we scanned both the brain's anatomic structure and functional activations.



Current Projects
From microns to systems: Understanding anatomical and functional features contributing to the structure of cortical networks
Kevin Weiner

The anatomical, functional, and behavioral development of high-level vision
Jesse Gomez

Experience Shapes the Development of Neural Substrates of Face Processing in Human VentralTemporal Cortex
Golijeh Golarai

Development of neural sensitivity to face identity correlates with perceptual discriminability
Vaidehi Natu

Temporal Processing Capacity in the Human Visual System
Anthony Stigliani

How does task affect cortical representations?
Lior Bugatus

Mareike Grotheer

Generating a cross-validated cytoarchitectonic atlas of the human ventral stream
Mona Rosenke