research interests

Research interests of our group span a wide range of cognitive neuroscience domains: visual cognition, memory and cognitive neuroscience of mood disorders.

We are interested in processes that allow the human brain extract and use contextual information to generate predictions and guide cognition efficiently. We want to understand the mechanisms underlying conscious perception, the flow of information during visual recognition, top-down facilitation of cognitive processes, contextual associative processing of scene information and predictions in the brain, as well as the link between altered functioning of these processing networks and mood disorders.

Among research directions in our laboratory are mechanisms of decision making, statistical learning and emergent stereotypical behavior, and mechanisms determining preferences and aesthetic pleasure in visual modality.

We use psychophysical paradigms and brain imaging methods, such as fMRI and MEG, to peek into a human brain and to solve its mysteries.