Lecture: "How Memory and Knowledge Shape Our Visual Experience"


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


4:30 pm


New England Building 105-Lecture/Seminar Room

A Lecture by Daniel Bliss '09, Postdoctoral Associate at the NYU Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience.

Our recent experience and conceptual knowledge alter how our brains process new visual input. What we perceive is therefore often a cleaned-up version of reality, adjusted to enhance continuity with the past, highlight dramatic change, and make salient how objects in our environment correspond to learned categories. In this talk, I will present results from human psychophysics, monkey neurophysiology, and biophysical neural-network modeling that shed light on how our brains smooth and extract structure from the world around us to guide ongoing behavior.

Gail Garrison

Cognitive Science Program