Paper published in eLife

Recent advances in brain imaging have made it possible to map brain activity in areas of tissue less than a millimeter in size. This resolution offers particular advantages for studying the brain’s outer surface, the cortex. The cortex is traditionally divided into...

Paper published in Cognition

Our perception of the world often deviates from reality and these deviations can be easily experienced with powerful visual illusions, such as the Müller-Lyer illusion above. The upper line appears to be shorter than the lower line, even though the lines have the...

Paper published in Journal of Vision

Each time we move our eyes, the image of objects in the world shifts its position on the retina, yet our perception is remarkably stable. Predictive remapping is thought to be an underlying neural mechanism to this visual stability. In our recent studies, we...

Paper published in Current Biology

When we remember or imagine a visual experience, the visual cortex is engaged to simulate visual details of the experience we are thinking about. In our recent laminar fMRI study, we examined how signals in visual cortex that occur during visual working memory are...

Paper published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences

It has long been recognised that prior knowledge and  expectations can strongly influence perception, but the neural mechanisms and computational principles underlying this influence are just beginning to be understood. In this paper, we review recent findings that...

Paper published in The Journal of Neuroscience

Our brains do not just passively record the environment, but rather actively predict upcoming stimuli. In our recent fMRI study, we investigated how neural responses to everyday objects change depending on whether they are expected or unexpected. Participants saw two...