News

NeuroImage paper out

May 2019

In this paper, we tested how well human groupings of naturalistic images was reflected in patterns of fMRI activity in visual cortex. Contrary to what is commonly assumed, there was not a clear-cut mapping of the brain responses in ventral-temporal cortex to behavior, and comparisons with deep network models suggested that activity in these regions reflected lower level processing than what guided behavior. This suggests there's still a lot we don't understand about the representations in higher-order visual regions, especially not for naturalistic images! Note that the stimuli and data are freely available so others can test more models of visual representation against these behavioral and fMRI data!

NYU FAS Travel Award

March 2019

I received the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Travel Award to sponsor my attendance at OHBM this year! I will be presenting our ECoG and fMRI work on temporal dynamics in visual cortex, in both a poster and a (selected) talk session.

FoVea Award

March 2019

I received a FoVea Travel and Networking Award to sponsor my attendance at VSS this year! FoVea aims to promote women in vision science and increase their visibility. I am very honored and grateful that they chose to support my career in this way. Thanks Fovea!

Talk in Japan

Jan 2019

On February 21st 2019, I will be giving an invited talk at the 5th CiNet Conference themed ‘Computation and Representation in Brains and Machines’, Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet) in Osaka, Japan.

I'm very excited to be among this line-up of esteemed speakers! It promises to be a very interesting meeting.

Preview for Neuron

Jan 2019

My former mentor at NIH, Chris Baker, and I wrote a Neuron Preview for this recent paper published by Lescroart and Gallant on modeling scene representations.

New paper in PLoS Comp Biol

Dec 2018

It took a while, but I finally published the last chapter of my PhD thesis! The wonderful Sara Jahfari and I led this project together, looking at the influence of scene complexity (as determined by low-level image statistics) on detection of animal in natural scenes. It turns out that scene complexity affects the degree of evidence accumulation (as formalized in a drift diffusion) which for highly complex scenes appears to be driven by feedback activity.

New paper in eLife!

March 2018

I'm excited to announce that our collaboration with scene perception experts Michelle Greene, Chris Baldassano, Diane Beck and Fei-Fei Li resulted in a publication in eLife!

In this paper, we tested how well scene categorization behavior and patterns of fMRI activity in scene-selective cortex could be explained by three different models of scene information, quantifying the unique contributions of each. We found that the relative contributions of each model differ depending on whether you're looking at behavior or the brain - suggesting we have more work to do in terms of developing computational models that can explain both behavior and neural responses in the human brain.