The major goal of faculty members studying perception is to understand how the brain creates our perception of the world around us. Questions addressed by our investigators include: 

  • How do we interpret and perceive sensory stimuli (for example, images, sounds, and touch)?
  • How does the activity of neurons relate to what we perceive?
  • How do we parse a sensory environment with many objects, how are neurons responsible for this, and how does attention influence what we perceive?
  • How do we perceive objects that share common properties as belonging to the same category? For example, how can we tell that a large picture of an orange cat and a small picture of a black cat taken from different angles both represent a cat? 
  • What are the principles guiding how we perceive and categorize sensory stimuli, and how are neurons responsible for this?
  • When what we perceive differs from what is physically in the world, like during an illusion, how does this relate to principles of perception and neuronal activity?
  • How do we integrate information from multiple senses, and how does the perception of one sense affect the perception of another sense?
  • How do we perceive information from multiple senses when they are mismatched?

Faculty studying perception