Research Expertise and Interest
computational neuroscience, vision science, attention, fMRI, language, natural scene perception, brain encoding, brain decoding
Jack Gallant is a professor in the Department of Psychology, and an affiliate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and programs in Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Biophysics and Vision Science. The overall goal of Jack Gallant's research program is to discover how information is represented in the brain under natural conditions (i.e., natural stimulation and natural tasks). He addresses two broad questions in that work: How is information about the visual world represented across the brain? And how are these representations modulated by attention, learning and memory? His laboratory currently focuses on using fMRI, statistical and computational modeling to produce detailed human cortical maps of information related to vision, language and decision making; systematizing human functional anatomy; characterizing individual differences in cortical organization in humans; understanding dynamic thought processes in the human brain; and decoding human brain activity. They also have an active program of research aimed at developing next-generation non-invasive brain measurement technologies that could form the basis of powerful new brain-machine interfaces.