SCS Undergraduate Thesis Topics

Student Advisor(s) Thesis Topic
Erick Chastain Dave Plaut How are Faces Special? Eccentricity Bias as a Feasible Computational Inferotemporal Cortex Organization

The investigation of face and object representation in the brain has recently been intensified as brain imaging technologies have opened up new possibilities. This work investigates the degree to which retinotopic and metabolic constraints influence representation of faces and objects in the brain. The metabolic constraints will be investigated by recourse to the efficient coding of faces and houses using ICA. The retinotopic constraints will be investigated by seeing how the eccentricity bias in retinotopic representations may segregate the neural representation of faces and houses both topogrpahically and in a way that is scale-invariant.

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