Encoding of dynamic events in visual perception and neural systems


Time is continuous and events must be extracted from it. This encoding requires segmentation of a temporal stream into constituent parts that can be separately processed, and the analysis of those individual parts. This project will develop methods for the analysis of dynamic sequences in perception and neural activity, in order to find event boundaries and to characterise the evolution of those dynamic events. In humans we will analyse the perception of facial expressions, which provide constrained sequences (Johnston Lab). The generic tools developed will then be tested on measurements of population activity in visual cortex of mice (Solomon Lab).

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