Using fMRI, we investigate the brain areas involved in the recognition and processing of visual and multisensory features; the results will be combined with computational theories to model the underlying neuronal mechanisms. In particular, questions such as the following will be answered: How does the human brain manage to process individual sensory stimuli and unite them into a coherent perception? Which processes control decisions based on such stimuli?
In order to gain a better understanding of how the brain processes and connects sensory inputs, several methodological approaches will be combined:
1. hardware processes at the neuronal level through fMRI
2. the analysis of perception and action at the behavioural level, and
3. computer-aided analysis and modelling.
Our research direction is highly guided by Prof. Zhaoping Li’s computational models and theories about human visual system. Moreover, state-of-the-art hardware including MRI compatible eye trackers and a stereoscopic presenting system, that enables us to present complex stereoscopic stimuli and record eye movement data during scanning. In addition to a 3T scanner which is fairly common, an ultra-high field (9.4T) scanner is also ready for scientific study in our institute. More information on our ongoing projects can be found here.