Perceptual Decisions from Human Brain Activity

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The lateral occipital complex (LOC) highlighted in red represents the location expected by humans to contain a searched target. The brain’s use of context to guide search is fundamental to visual search in a human’s daily life but also an important component of expertise for search in specialized tasks such as satellite image analysts and radiologists.

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The project aims at understanding the mechanisms in the human brain mediating complex perceptual decisions such as visual search in real scenes. Understanding how the brain modulates neural activity in real scenes can help us mitigate errors in life-critical search tasks, develop neuro-engineering techniques to make inferences about the world or human’s cognitive and attentional states, to provide for biological inspiration for next generation computer vision algorithms as well as to better integrate human and machines collaborative teams.



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