Current Research
How the Brain Recognizes Visual Forms

Doris Tsao wants to understand how the brain stitches together visual features into discrete, recognizable objects. Tsao has spent more than 15 years dissecting the neural mechanisms in the brain region dedicated to solving this challenge - the inferotemporal cortex (IT). Her team recently cracked the code for an interconnected cellular “face patch” system in the IT and is now studying how that code is transformed in downstream brain regions. Through this and other work in the lab, Tsao’s team seeks to define fundamental neural processes that operate on high-level object representations, including consciousness, visual memory, decision-making, and even language.

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