Objects and Knowledge Laboratory

The OAK-Lab studies object recognition and perceptual expertise, using a combination of behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods.

The general research goal of the lab is to understand how the human brain perceives the visual world, and how such processes are influenced by experience and learning. We study this broad question by examining how visual and conceptual knowledge interact to constrain representations of objects, faces, and scenes.


Several ongoing research projects include:

  • How do different types of conceptual knowledge influence recognition?
  • How do visual and conceptual knowledge interact?
  • How is perception of faces and objects shaped by experience?