ADRIAN NESTOR, University of Toronto
Title: Elucidating the pictorial content of visual experience: Insights from image reconstruction
Ebbinghaus Empire Series 2017-2018
Abstract: Our experience of the visual world is rich and diverse. But what do we really see when we look at something and what exactly do we remember? A novel methodological approach addresses these challenges by reconstructing the visual appearance of such experiences as related to perception and memory. This talk will focus on two categories of interest, faces and words,and on their reconstruction by appeal to multiple neuroimaging modalities. Specifically, a common methodological framework will be described in its application to neural and behavioral data in healthy young and older adults as well as in patients with visual/memory deficits. This approach is found to support successful levels of reconstruction accuracy in all cases, to shed new light on the structure of visual representations and to pave the way for a new class of image reconstruction applications.
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