Harvard Society of Fellows 
| 78 Mt. Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138 | carolinerobertson@fas.harvard.edu

I research visual perception, focusing on the marriage of sensory and cognitive signals in the human brain. This intersection is particularly relevant to our understanding of mental conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), in which different patterns of higher-order cognition are mirrored in how people visually engage with the world. By studying how people see, we can infer individual differences in the structure of cognition, and more generally, learn how different patterns of thought shape our moment-to-moment experience of the world around us.

Using behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques, my work is heavily influenced by electrophysiological models of visual perception in non-human primates.

I'm currently a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Kanwisher Lab at MIT.  As a Gates Cambridge Scholar and NIH-Cambridge Fellow at the University of Cambridge, I pursued my doctoral research under the co-supervision of Dr. Chris Baker at the National Institutes of Health and Professor Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge.  I received my BA from Columbia University in  2009, where I studied neuroscience and philosophy.