A Computational Cognitive and Visual Neuroscience Laboratory

Through experience, we learn to interpret the sights and sounds around us and to make decisions that move us closer to achieving our goals. Our ability to learn from and adapt to our ever changing environment is a foundation of complex behavior, as it allows us to make sense of incoming sensory stimuli and to plan successful actions. To study these questions, our laboratory uses advanced neurophysiological and behavioral techniques, in parallel with machine learning approaches for studying cognitive computations in artificial neural networks.  Together, our work is providing insights into the brain mechanisms of visual learning, recognition and decision making.


February 2023
Congratulations to graduate student Barbara Peysakhovich on her successful Ph.D. thesis defense!

January 2023
David Freedman is elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences

October 2022
David Freedman is Co-Director of the Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

April 2022
Congrats to graduate student Ali Alamri on receiving a DOD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship!

September 2022
Congrats to co-first authors Yang Zhou and Matthew Rosen on their paper in eLife examining neural mechanisms of categorical decisions in biological and artificial neural networks!

January 2022
Congrats to graduate student Oliver Zhu on receiving a NIH NRSA Graduate Fellowship!

January 2021
Congrats to FreedmanLab Ph.D. student Krithika Mohan on her paper in Neuron showing how task demands affect populations dynamics in parietal cortex.

December 2020
Congratulations to graduate student Barbara Peysakhovich on receiving a NIH NRSA Graduate Fellowship!

June 2019
Our latest paper is in press at Science! Postdoc Yang Zhou shows that posterior parietal cortex plays a causal role in perceptual and categorical decisions.