Welcome to the Cognitive and Neural Organization Lab!
Our broad aim
is to characterize representational spaces of the mind
and how they are mapped onto the surface of the brain
We focus primarily on high-level visual representation: how do we organize our knowledge of objects, actions, and scenes?
is to leverage the spatial structure in neural responses to gain insight into functional organization of the mind and brain.
The spatial topography and connectivity of neural regions are driven by powerful biological organizing principles that broadly
reflect the computational goals of the system. As such, we aim to develop models of what
regions do in the context of where
fall and why
they come to be organized that way.
we use include functional neuroimaging and behavioral methods in human participants.
We supplement these empirical techniques with formal computational methods to relate representational spaces
defined at a cognitive level with the spatial topography of neural responses.
William James Hall 784
33 Kirkland St
Neural organization in high-level vision
Object Representation: Real-World Size
Long-term memory has the same limit on fidelity as working memory.
Brady, T. F., Konkle, T., Gill, J., Oliva, A., & Alvarez, G. A. (2013).
Psychological Science, 24 (6), 981-990.
Visual and Tactile Motion
Sensitive period for a vision-dominated response in human MT/MST.
Bedny, M., Konkle, T., Pelphrey, K., Saxe, R., & Pascual-Leone, A. (2010).
Current Biology, 139(3), 20(21),1900-6.
Tactile Rivalry Demonstrated with an Ambiguous Apparent-Motion Quartet.
Carter, O. L., Konkle, T., Wang, Q., Hayward, V., & Moore, C. I. (2008).
Current Biology, 18(14), 1050-4.
Bilateral Pathways Do Not Predict Mirror Movements: A Case Report.
Verstynen, T. D., Spencer, R., Stinear, C. M., Konkle, T., Diedrichsen, J., Byblow, W. D., Ivry, R. B. (2007).
Neuropsychologia, 45(4), 844-852.
Current Open Positions:
LAB MANAGER - VISION SCIENCES LAB
The Vision Sciences Lab in the Psychology Department at Harvard University seeks a part-time lab manager. Our team consists of four faculty members and a group of 10-20 scientists, and we study how the mind and brain process visual information (visionlab.harvard.edu).
The primary responsibilities for this position are to oversee the daily operations of the lab and to coordinate lab events. There will be opportunities to help conduct and learn about research, if interested.
This position will be approximately 15 hours per week; the exact days and times are flexible. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree, excellent computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets), organizational skills, and attention to detail. Previous experience in administrative management is a plus. Compensation is hourly, $20+, commensurate with experience.
Please submit a cover letter that describes your interest and qualifications for the position, as well as your resume (PDF files for both please) to email@example.com.
A Postdoctoral fellowship position is available starting in the Spring 2018 or after.
To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, the expected date of availability, and the names of two references by e-mail to Dr. Talia Konkle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.