| ACADEMICS | Schools & Departments | Psychology | Ryan Mruczek
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firstname.lastname@example.orgEducation Ph.D., Brown University
B.S., University of Rochester
Areas of SpecializationDr. Mruczek is a cognitive neuroscientist and a vision scientist with broad interests that span psychology and biology, including human and non-human primate vision, object and tool representations, experience-dependent plasticity, size perception, visual illusions, working memory, and methods for studying the brain.
One of the most striking accomplishments of the human brain is the relative ease with which it allows us to interpret and interact with our environment. Object vision is a perfect example: within a fraction of a second, humans can identify and act upon objects embedded within a highly cluttered and complex visual scene.My research focuses on understanding the fundamental neural mechanisms that support our ability to live, perceive, and act in a complex world. Specifically, I am interested in how the human brain represents information about objects, how object representations change as a function of our experience, and how visual information is used to guide behavior. To address these questions, I utilize a combination of psychophysical measurements, electrophysiological recordings, functional neuroimaging, and computational modeling.Some ongoing projects include using dynamic visual illusions to study the neural computations underlying cue integration during size perception and using neurophysiology to explore the ways in which our personal experience with objects shapes the way neurons in our brains represent those objects, including the emergence of specialized representations for tools.Selected Publications
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