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Doris Tsao wants to understand how the brain builds a model of the visual world. Tsao and her team seek to unravel the sequence of transformations in the visual cortex enabling perception, memory, and physical manipulation of visual objects in 3D space. They are pursuing the neural code for the structure and location of 3D objects and for dynamic events involving interactions between multiple objects, including other living agents. The team is particularly interested in the role of feedback in visual representation, and the idea that, through feedback, the brain may be implementing a generative model of the world, enabling learning, filling-in, and binding of neural representations.