We are happy to announce the Fourth Julesz Lecture on Brain Research by Dr. Jack L. Gallant. The topic of Dr. Gallant's lecture is "From pixels to objects: How the brain builds a rich representation of the natural visual world." and will take place on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 5pm in the Easton Hub Auditorium, Fiber Optics Materials Research Building in Piscataway, NJ.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 @ 5pm
Easton Hub Auditorium, Fiber Optics Materials Research Building
101 Bevier Road, Piscataway, NJ  08854-8007


Julesz Béla
Béla Julesz (1928-2003)
  • State of NJ Prof. (Rutgers Psych)
  • US National Academy of Sciences
  • Heineken Prize, Dutch Academy
  • MacArthur “Genius” Award
  • Julesz’s Foundations of Cyclopean Perception was selected among the top 100 influential works on cognitive science in 20th century
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Salvador Dali's "Cybernetic Odalisque - Homage to Béla Julesz" (1978) 
(Best seen with red-green glasses)
5:00 - 5:05pm
Introduction and Tribute to Bela Julesz by Professor Thomas Papathomas
5:05 - 5:10pm Speaker Introduction by Professor Eileen Kowler
5:10 - 6:10pm

Dr Jack GallantLecture by Dr. Jack L. Gallant

University of California, Berkeley,
Department of Psychology

Brief Biography: Jack Gallant is Chancellor's Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and he is affiliated with several other departments. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and did post-doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology and Washington University Medical School. He is known for his neurophysiology work on the representation of natural scenes, the function of area V4 and its modulation by attention; and for the development of the voxel- wise modeling approach in human fMRI and its application to vision, attention and language perception. His current research program focuses on computational modeling and mapping of human brain activity under a wide variety of naturalistic conditions. Further information about ongoing work, links to talks and papers and links to an online interactive brain viewer can be found at the lab web page: <http://gallantlab.org>.

"From pixels to objects: How the brain builds a rich representation of the natural visual world."

Human vision is mediated by a hierarchically organized network of visual areas that represent the increasingly complicated statistical properties of the visual world. Relatively more peripheral visual areas represent simple properties of natural scenes, while relatively more central areas represent object and action categories. In this talk i will review a series of neurophysiological and functional magnetic resonance imaging studies from my laboratory that aim to identify how information in natural images is represented in visual areas across the visual hierarchy. I will also discuss recent studies that show how these visual representations interact with language systems, and how these visual representations are modulated by attention. 

6:10 - 6:30pm
Q & A / Discussion
6:30 - 8:00pm Light reception immediately following the talk will be in the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building, Lobby



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Easton Hub Auditorium
Fiber Optics Materials Research Building
101 Bevier Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8007

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Organizing Committee

Co-Sponsored By

  • Eileen Kowler
  • Thomas Papathomas
  • Alan Gilchrist
  • Brian McLaughlin
  • Troy Shinbrot
  • Bruce Tesar
  • Elizabeth B. Torres