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.
visual perception, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive training, learning and learning transfer, effects of technology use on cognitive abilities
Computational neuroscience; value-based decision-making; functional and effective connectivity in the human brain; point-process modeling of neural ensembles; computational models of the basal ganglia and amygdala.
The aim of my primary line of research is to investigate and delineate these extra-communicative functions of language.
short-term memory/working memory; attention; consciousness; fMRI; TMS; EEG
Visual neuroscience; neural bases of motion and depth perception; neuroimaging.
Cognitive control, conscious awareness, brain connectivity, neural dynamics, neural coding
Visual perception; visual reasoning, color cognition, information visualization, virtual reality; visual aesthetics
Vanessa R. Simmering
working memory development, visuo-spatial cognition, dynamical systems and neural network modeling of cognition and development, developmental interactions between cognitive systems, embodied cognition