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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!
Charlotte Leferink's paper in collaboration with Jordan DeKraker, Iva K. Brunec, Stefan Köhler, and Morris Moscovitch about the pRF size and scene versus face specialization in the hippocampus and medial temporal cortex was published in Cerebral Cortex today!
New paper in PACA by Elizabeth Zhou, John Wilder, Claudia Damiano, and Dirk B. Walther on the Neural dissociation between computational and subjective image complexity published today!
Seohee's and Morteza's paper on memorability of line drawings was published today!
The Varsity is featuring our lab's research in their newest edition: The emotional connotations of visual art
Our work on conveying emotions through colors and shape is featured for public outreach at Futurum Careers.
Changing What You Like: Modifying Contour Properties Shifts Aesthetic Valuations of Scenes - Dela Farzanfar's excellent first-year project was just published in Psychological Science
Just because your child isn’t paying attention, doesn’t mean they’re not learning - Yaelan Jung's recent paper covered in Arts and Science News
New paper on the role of attention in children's neural representations of visual input. See Publications.
Psychology Today covered our work on visual features for conveying emotions!
The U of T Magazine has an article on Dirk's "Psychology of Magic" class.
Two new papers published! One on complexity in Cognition, spear-headed by Cameron Kyle-Davidson and one on artistic expressions of emotions, by Claudia Damiano, Pinaki Gayen et al. in Journal of Vision. Check them out in Publications.
We have a busy conference schedule this spring. Dela will present at the Society for the Neuroscience of Creativity meeting in San Francisco in March. Dirk will present at TeaP in Trier, Germany. We have four presentations at the Vision Sciences Society in St. Pete Beach in May. And Charlotte is going to represent the lab at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Montreal in July. Find us at those conferences!
- 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!