Objects And Knowledge Lab

Welcome to the Objects and Knowledge Laboratory, the website for Olivia Cheung's laboratory at New York University Abu Dhabi.

The OAK Lab studies object recognition and perceptual expertise, using primarily a combination of behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods.

We will be accepting new graduate students for Fall 2021 via the NYU Abu Dhabi Global PhD program. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Olivia (olivia.cheung@nyu.edu).

The general research goal of the lab is to understand how the human brain perceives the visual world, and how such processes are influenced by experience and learning. We study this broad question by examining how visual and conceptual knowledge interact to constrain representations of various categories, including objects, faces, words, musical notations, and scenes.

Several ongoing research projects include:

How do socio-emotional factors influence face recognition?

How do different types of conceptual knowledge influence recognition of objects and scenes?

To what extent is category selectivity in the brain influenced by conceptual knowledge?

How does the brain accommodate the acquisition of perceptual expertise for multiple categories?