Welcome to the
Bernhardt-Walther Lab!

The Bernhardt-Walther Lab at the University of Toronto investigates the neural and computational principles of high-level sensory perception. We employ neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG), psychophysics, eye tracking, and computational modeling to explore how people see and hear their real-world environments. Current interests in the lab include the representation of shape in real-world scenes, perceptual organization, categorization with GAN-generated stimuli and empirical aesthetics. We always welcome new ideas and research directions!



  • We are looking for one or two new PhD students for Fall 2023 to work on perceptual grouping and/or visual aesthetics. The ideal candidates have strong computational background and/or research experience in visual psychophysics or fMRI. If you are interested, apply here by December 1st, 2022. Come, join our lab!

  • 2nd call for abstracts for this unique special Research Topic on Perceptual Organization at Frontiers in Psych, CS, and Neuroscience! Please contact me if you have any questions about the suitability of material that you might have.

  • Morteza Rezanejad publishes new paper in CVPR!

  • Congratulations to Dela Farzanfar for winning a travel award for IAEA!

  • Morteza Rezanejad accepts Scientist position at Recursion!

  • Congratulations to Charlotte Leferink for winning a VSS travel award!

  • Congratulations to Dela Farzanfar for winning a poster award at SfNC2022!