My lab studies the neural mechanisms underlying visual scene perception and spatial navigation in humans. We are interested in both perceptual and mnemonic aspects of navigation; thus, our research explores topics in both scene/place/landmark recognition and spatial memory. Recent work has focused on using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand how scenes, objects, landmarks, and environmental spaces are represented in specific brain regions, including parahippocampal cortex, retrosplenial cortex, and the hippocampus.
Professor Epstein will be accepting new graduate students for admission in fall 2015.
PSYC 149 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC 449: Cognitive Neuroscience of Consciousnes
PSYC 600: Cognitive Neuroscience Graduate Proseminar
Psychology Graduate Group; Neuroscience Graduate Group
Vass, L.K. & Epstein, R.A. (2013). Abstract representations of location and facing direction in the human brain. Journal of Neuroscience, 33 (14), 6133-6142.
MacEvoy, S.P. & Epstein, R.A. (2011). Constructing scenes from objects in human occipitotemporal cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 14 (10), 1323-1329.
Morgan, L.K., MacEvoy, S.P., Aguirre, G.K. & Epstein, R.A. (2011). Distances between real-world locations are represented in the human hippocampus. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 1238-1245.
Epstein, R.A. (2008). Parahippocampal and retrosplenial contributions to human spatial navigation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12: 388-396.
Epstein, R. & Kanwisher, N. (1998). A cortical representation of the local visual environment. Nature, 392: 598-601.