Research projects

Mathematical modeling of visual cognition is a cornerstone of the activities proposed in the current application. Our aim is to further develop the theories to obtain a deeper and more detailed account of the mental processes involved in perception over time, how processing capacity is allocated, and how information is retained in visual short-term memory. Below, we propose four research projects where we will model experimental data to answer these questions. The goal is to integrate these new modeling efforts into a unified mathematical approach to understanding how humans perceive, attend, and remember visual information for consciousness and action. We will use TVA and NTVA as the foundation of the new more general theory. In the following we will describe the four research projects including new theoretical developments. The new models will be specifically tailored to each project, but together they will integrate into a coherent whole yielding a general understanding of how perception, attention, and short-term memory processes work together to enable humans to acquire coherent knowledge about the world via vision.

Project 1: Modeling Visual Perception over Time
Project 2: Modeling Temporal Dynamics of Attention
Project 3: Perceptual Load and Processing Capacity
Project 4: Modeling Visual Short-Term Memory