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Dr. Marlene Behrmann is a Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, whose research specializes in the cognitive basis of visual perception, with a specific focus on object recognition. Widely considered to be a trailblazer and a worldwide leader in the field of visual cognition, she was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 2015 and into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. 

In this video, Dr. Behrmann discusses Cortical Visual Impairment with Dr. John Ravenscroft.

Below are some recent publications from the lab:


Source: Blauch, N. M., Behrmann, M. and Plaut, D. (2020). Computational insights into human perceptual expertise for familiar and unfamiliar face recognition, Cognition (in press), doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104341


Pupil response amplitudes to (a) hits, (b) FAs, and (c) misses, compared across groups and task conditions. Left panels, Pupil response amplitude,as defined as the MAD of the IRF of the respective pupil response, after normalization of the pupil time series data to the mean pupil size of the respective experiment block. Right panels, Ratio of the pupil response amplitude in the presence of distractors to that in the absence of distractors. Line plots represent the bootstrapped 95% CI around the mean. *p,0.05;**p,0.01; for contrast tests.

Source: Granovetter, M. C., Burlingham, C. S., Blauch, N. M., Minshew, N. J., Heeger, D. J. and Behrmann, M. (2020).Uncharacteristic Task-Evoked Pupillary Responses Implicate Atypical Locus Ceruleus Activity in Autism,  J Neuroscience, 40(19):3815-3826.

We strive to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment, where everyone feels respected and valued. I encourage individuals from under-represented minority groups, who may be interested in short-term projects, PhD programs, or postdoctoral training to reach out to me by email (behrmann [at] cmu [dot] edu) to discuss opportunities. 

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