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Tue, 08/04/2020

A new study from MIT neuroscientists offers evidence that the brain’s inferotemporal cortex, which is specialized to perform object recognition, has been repurposed for a key component of reading called orthographic processing — the ability to recognize written letters and words....

Wed, 03/13/2019

Lead author Rishi Rajalingham has conducted neural perturbation studies to control Inferotemporal cortex activity at a high spatial resolution by injecting a drug that completely silences all neural activity in a small targeted brain region. He found that silencing small regions of IT impaired...

Mon, 09/17/2018

AI researcher Jonas Kubilius of MIT hopes his work will help win over neuroscientists. At CCN, he and MIT Ph.D. student Martin Schrimpf presented Brain-Score, a method for judging whether image-classifying neural networks are good models for the brain....

Fri, 08/03/2018

James DiCarlo and his team help define goals for primate-like object recognition by artificial neural networks. Read More...

Wed, 10/19/2016

The unifying theme of DiCarlo’s lab is to understand how we can recognize objects in the world using visual data – or how we are able to see. Read more..

Mon, 10/05/2015

Using data from both humans and nonhuman primates, neuroscientists have found that neuron firing patterns in the IT cortex correlate strongly with success in object-recognition tasks. Read More..

Fri, 05/08/2015

How do primates, including humans, tell faces apart? Scientists have long attributed this ability to so-called “face-detector” (FD) neurons, thought to be responsible for distinguishing faces, among other objects. But no direct evidence has supported this claim. Now, using optogenetics, a...

Thu, 12/18/2014

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly. Until now, no computer model has been able to match the primate brain at visual object recognition during a...

Mon, 03/24/2014

America's finest news source, The Onion, featured "groundbreaking" research that was not conducted in the DiCarlo lab. According to the story published in March...

Thu, 02/02/2012

James DiCarlo, associate professor of neuroscience, has been named head of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. His five-year term will begin March 1.

DiCarlo succeeds Mriganka Sur, who will leave his position as department head to become the director of the Simons Center for...