Wednesday, September 25, 2019
1:00–2:30 p.m.


Swirbul Library, Room 5S

How Context Affects Scene Processing

Visual perception is often viewed as a primarily rapid bottom-up process. For example, the neural mechanisms that underlie processing a visual scene (e.g., a picture of a kitchen), versus an object (e.g., a hammer), versus an individual face are typically characterized as automatic, default processing, without much influence from our previous experience. In this talk, Dr. Aminoff will use fMRI data to demonstrate that we understand and process scenes by processing the associations inherent within the scene – a unique feature of scenes. Dr. Aminoff will then discuss a study that shows that the functional context in which we encounter a scene will modulate how we process a scene. Together, this shows that categorical processing of a scene is not simply a bottom-up process, but one that interacts with top-down expectations and knowledge. Lastly, Dr. Aminoff will discuss how these neuroimaging results predict a type of memory distortion in remembering scenes.

Sponsored by the Endowed Lindemann Lecture in Human Development Neuroscience Series.

About the Speaker

Elissa Aminoff, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Fordham University. She obtained her PhD from Harvard University in 2008. Following her PhD, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then a research scientist at Carnegie Mellon University. 


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Dominic Fareri
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