Our lab examines the neural and cognitive processes underlying how we see, and how these processes are shaped and calibrated by mechanisms of sensory adaptation. To explore these questions, we combine analyses of natural images with empirical studies and computational models of human vision, to characterize how perception changes when the same observer is adapted to different environments, or when different observers (e.g. with different sensitivity limits) are adapted to the same environment. Our work shows that adaptation plays a fundamental role in calibrating most if not all aspects of perception, and points to common coding principles across the visual hierarchy.
Research in our lab is supported by the National Eye Institute. We are also the administrative home of the the university's Center for Integrative Neuroscience (an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences).