Research interests among individual laboratories overlap considerably. We are broadly interested in how we perceive our world and how we respond adaptively to it. This frequently involves uncovering the neural mechanisms that underlie human and other animal’s ability to transform sensory input into a percept.
Our experimental methods range from behavioral tasks of viewing or listening, neuroimaging methods and multi-electrode intracranial brain recordings in animals and humans, as well as computational modeling that forges connections from brain development and activity to our phenomenal experiences of the world around us.
Research in vision and hearing includes perceptual development, perception of complex sounds, perception of 3D layout and auditory space, attention, value-based decision-making and neural processing of auditory and visual objects and events.
Graduate study in Perception at Wisconsin is founded upon our commitment to first-rate scientific research, and is supported by the faculty offering an array of interdisciplinary courses and training. Laboratory facilities are comprehensive, including neuroimaging facilities at the Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging, a virtual reality environment in the Department, and facilities supporting developmental methods at the Waisman Center. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many outstanding scholars throughout the University including those in Departments of Anatomy, Communication Disorders, Computer Science, and Physiology.