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At the most general level, my research program is aimed at identifying the cognitive processes and neural structures that enable and limit our visual representations of the world. For instance, I am interested in: what processes determine whether or not we are aware of a visual object or event, can report its presence, or can recall it later; what mechanisms constrain the number of items we can effectively process at the same time; how higher-level processes such as attention modulate activity in visual cortex; and, why some stimuli (e.g. natural scenes)are processed so quickly and with relatively little effort. We use a variety of approaches to address these questions, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral methods, and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Attention
  • Visual Perception



Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley

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Research Output 1996 2019

Examining the role of feedback in TMS-induced visual suppression: A cautionary tale

Center, E. G., Knight, R., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G. & Beck, D. M., Oct 2019, In : Consciousness and Cognition. 75, 102805.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
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Surveys and Questionnaires

Opportunities and challenges for a maturing science of consciousness

Michel, M., Beck, D., Block, N., Blumenfeld, H., Brown, R., Carmel, D., Carrasco, M., Chirimuuta, M., Chun, M., Cleeremans, A., Dehaene, S., Fleming, S. M., Frith, C., Haggard, P., He, B. J., Heyes, C., Goodale, M. A., Irvine, L., Kawato, M., Kentridge, R. & 38 others, King, J. R., Knight, R. T., Kouider, S., Lamme, V., Lamy, D., Lau, H., Laureys, S., LeDoux, J., Lin, Y. T., Liu, K., Macknik, S. L., Martinez-Conde, S., Mashour, G. A., Melloni, L., Miracchi, L., Mylopoulos, M., Naccache, L., Owen, A. M., Passingham, R. E., Pessoa, L., Peters, M. A. K., Rahnev, D., Ro, T., Rosenthal, D., Sasaki, Y., Sergent, C., Solovey, G., Schiff, N. D., Seth, A., Tallon-Baudry, C., Tamietto, M., Tong, F., van Gaal, S., Vlassova, A., Watanabe, T., Weisberg, J., Yan, K. & Yoshida, M., Feb 1 2019, In : Nature Human Behaviour. 3, 2, p. 104-107 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Mental Health

Distinct contributions of functional and deep neural network features to representational similarity of scenes in human brain and behavior

Groen, I. I. A., Greene, M. R., Baldassano, C., Fei-Fei, L., Beck, D. M. & Baker, C. I., Mar 7 2018, In : eLife. 7, e32962.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Action Potentials
Deep neural networks

Categorization influences detection: A perceptual advantage for representative exemplars of natural scene categories

Caddigan, E., Choo, H., Fei-Fei, L. & Beck, D. M., Jan 1 2017, In : Journal of vision. 17, 1, 21.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Evidence for similar patterns of neural activity elicited by picture- and word-based representations of natural scenes

Kumar, M., Federmeier, K. D., Fei-Fei, L. & Beck, D. M., Jul 15 2017, In : NeuroImage. 155, p. 422-436 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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