Computational Visual Neuroscience Laboratory at CMRR
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Lab Director

Kendrick Kay, PhD [ email | CV ]
Kendrick's quest is to combine computation and data to understand how the brain accomplishes seemingly simple processes like reading a word.


Luca Vizioli, PhD [ email | CV ]
Luca joined the lab in September 2015. He is interested in understanding how top-down factors modulate visual information processing in lower and higher level cortical regions, and how these regions interact to form a coherent percept of the visual world.

Ruyuan Zhang [ email | web | CV ]
Ruyuan joined the lab in Februrary 2016. His interests lie broadly in human perception, learning, and decision making. The primary goal of his research is to elucidate the central mechanisms of visual processing and plasticity by combining various research techniques including fMRI, psychophysics, and computational modeling.

Grad Students

Research Staff

Keith Jamison [ email ]
Keith joined the lab in November 2015.  He is interested in developing a deeper understanding of the BOLD-fMRI mechanism through novel high-field MRI, data analysis, and visualization techniques.

Visiting Scholars

Li Tong [ email ]
Li joined the lab in December 2016. She is interested in understanding how the human brain represents visual images, developing computational models for decoding visual representations from human brain activity based on fMRI, and studying how to make these computational models benefit artificial visual information processing.

Yijie Zhao [ email ]
Yijie joined the lab in November 2016. She is interested in understanding the neural mechanism underlying visual working memory, especially in how visual cortex supports the maintenance of working memory and what is the top-down / bottom-up modulation in this process.

Research Assistants

Brooke Burnes
William Cook
Imane Daoud
Mathias Gregersen-Cisewski
Ionatan Kuperwajs
Jinyi Tao
Paige Trisko



  • Wynn Legon (University of Minnesota)
  • Bas Rokers (UW-Madison)
  • Dave Slater (Universit√© de Laussane)
  • Thomas Naselaris (MUSC)
  • Niko Kriegeskorte, Ian Charest (MRC-CBU)
  • Lars Muckli, Luca Vizioli (University of Glasgow)
  • Karl Zipser (UC-Berkeley)
  • Marlene Behrmann (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Maurizio Corbetta, Gordon Shulman (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Elad Gilboa (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)
  • Essa Yacoub, An Vu (University of Minnesota)
  • Kalanit Grill-Spector, Kevin Weiner, Nathan Witthoft (Stanford)
  • Jason Yeatman (University of Washington)
  • Jon Winawer, Noah Benson (NYU), Dora Hermes (Stanford)

Past collaborators

  • Todd Braver, Jeff Zacks, Jo Etzel (Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Brian Wandell (Stanford)
  • Ariel Rokem (University of Washington)
  • Franco Pestilli (Indiana University)
  • Aviv Mezer (Hebrew University)
  • Jack Gallant (UC-Berkeley)

Lab pictures

October 4, 2016 @ CMRR
Pictured (left to right): Mathias Gregersen-Cisewski, William Cook, Jinyi Tao, Paige Trisko, Imane Daoud, Kendrick Kay, Luca Vizioli, Ruyuan Zhang, Keith Jamison, Brooke Burnes
Inset: Ionatan Kuperwajs

February 24, 2016 @ Teppenyaki Grill
Pictured: Keith Jamison, Luca Vizioli, Kendrick Kay, Ruyuan Zhang

December 20, 2015 @ Fogo de Chao
Pictured: Luca Vizioli, Keith Jamison, Kendrick Kay

September 4, 2015 @ Kendrick's office
Pictured: Kendrick Kay


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