Despite the fact that visual scenes may contain multiple objects and people, humans can recognize and interact with the objects and individuals with ease and accuracy. Research in my lab focuses on studying how this is achieved - what are the necessary psychological processes and representations that underlie abilities such as object, face and word recognition, scene recognition and visuospatial representations. In addition to understanding the psychological and computational mechanisms that support these processes, my research is designed to uncover the neural systems that are engaged in visual cognition.
The combination of psychological and neural approaches involves several key methodologies:
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