Our group is interested in the visual processing that happens at the nexus of visual perception and cognition. We are focused on understanding the sequence of neural events that allows the visual system to extract information about the content of the world (i.e. specific objects) from the light patterns encoded by the eye. We are particularly interested in the role that memory plays in visual processing and object recognition. For example, when you search for a particular face in a crowd, you have to compare the memory of the face you are looking for with each person you see. We are currently investigating the neural representations of visual memory and the neural mechanisms that allow you to determine if what you are looking "at" is also what you are looking "for". To address these questions, we monitor patterns of activity in populations of neurons in different brain areas while subjects perform object recognition tasks and use computational data analyses to decipher the neural code.
Professor Rust will be accepting new graduate students in the admission for the Fall 2015.
Psychology Graduate Group; Neuroscience Graduate Group
Rust NC, Stocker AA (2010) Ambiguity and invariance: two fundamental challenges for visual processing. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 20:382-388.
DiCarlo JJ, Zoccolan D, Rust NC (2012) How does the brain solve visual object recognition? Neuron 73: 415-434.
Pagan M, Urban LS, Wohl MP, Rust NC (2013) Signals in inferotemporal and perirhinal cortex suggest an "untangling" of visual target information. Nature Neuroscience 16:1132-1139.
Pagan M, Rust NC (2014) Dynamic target match signals in perirhinal cortex can be explained by instantaneous computations that act on dynamic input from inferotemporal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 34:11067-11084.