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How do we recognize faces and objects?
What areas of the brain are used to recognize faces and objects?
What affects our attention?
Do you have problems recognizing faces? Are you face blind?

You can help answer these and other important questions about the visual system and the brain by participating in our experiments.

We conduct both behavorial and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) experiments which examine visual perceptual differences across specific populations.

For the behavioral experiments, subjects view visual images on a computer screen and make judgments about them. Depending on the subject population we are studying, we may also include some paper and pencil aasks.

For the fMRI experiments, we look at areas of the brain that are active when subjects engage in particular tasks such as looking at faces, patterns, and objects. fMRI is a safe and non-invasive procedure. The fMRI is conducted at the Science Imaging Brain Research Center (SIBR) which is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Currently, we are looking for participants in the Pittsburgh area from the following categories:

  • Healthy adults with no history of neurological disease
  • Senior citizens with no history of neurological disease and are in good health
  • Individuals with congenital prosopagnosia
  • Stroke patients with hemispatial neglect
If you are interested in participating in our research, please contact us via email or phone.
phone number: 412-268-8228
email: behrmannlab@gmail.com