9.916 The Neural Basis of Visual Object Recognition in Monkeys and Humans

Spring 2005

Computer-enhanced fMRI scan of a person looking at faces.

A computer-enhanced fMRI scan of a person looking at faces. The image shows increased blood flow in the part of the visual cortex that recognizes faces. (Image courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine Web site.)

Course Highlights

This course includes a complete bibliography of readings and a selection of lecture notes.

Course Description

Understanding the brain's remarkable ability for visual object recognition is one of the greatest challenges of brain research. The goal of this course is to provide an overview of key issues of object representation and to survey data from primate physiology and human fMRI that bear on those issues. Topics include the computational problems of object representation, the nature of object representations in the brain, the tolerance and selectivity of those representations, and the effects of attention and learning.
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Prof. James DiCarlo
Prof. Nancy Kanwisher

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session