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Visual perception in Context

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 1˙499˙421 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙421 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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 Project objective

Everything occurs in a context. We see a car in the context of a street scene and a stove in the context of a kitchen. Context greatly helps the processing of individual objects. Surprisingly however, context hardly plays a role in most models of visual perception, which treat perception as a largely bottom-up categorization process.

In this research proposal, I will examine how context changes the cortical computations that give rise to visual perception, focusing on contextual modulations in space and time. Moreover, I will translate this research to a clinical condition that is marked by aberrant context modulations in perception. Firstly, I will examine the influence of spatial context from the surround on cortical processing of individual elements. I aim to uncover the neural mechanisms responsible for the contextual facilitation of features and objects. I hypothesize that spatial context constrains sensory input by changing sensory representations at earlier stages in line with expectations at higher-order stages of perceptual analysis. Secondly, I will examine the influence of temporal context from past history. I hypothesize that temporal contexts trigger cortical waves of neural ‘preplay’ activity, setting up time-varying templates of expected incoming visual input. Thirdly, I will test the clinical significance of this framework to understand perceptual atypicalities in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I will empirically test the hypothesis that ASD is marked by deficient processing of contextual information, in both the spatial and temporal domain.

This integrative approach has the potential to significantly advance theoretical models of perception, based on underlying neurobiology, and underline the importance of context for understanding perception. Moreover, the knowledge gleaned can have significant societal and clinical impact.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Matthias Ekman, Peter Kok, Floris P. de Lange
Time-compressed preplay of anticipated events in human primary visual cortex
published pages: 15276, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15276
Nature Communications 8 2020-02-25
2017 Floris P. de Lange, Matthias Fritsche
Perceptual Decision-Making: Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit?
published pages: 306-307, ISSN: 1364-6613, DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.03.006
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 21/5 2020-02-25
2017 Matthias Fritsche, Pim Mostert, Floris P. de Lange
Opposite Effects of Recent History on Perception and Decision
published pages: 590-595, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.01.006
Current Biology 27/4 2020-02-25
2016 Pieter R. Roelfsema, Floris P. de Lange
Early Visual Cortex as a Multiscale Cognitive Blackboard
published pages: 131-151, ISSN: 2374-4642, DOI: 10.1146/annurev-vision-111815-114443
Annual Review of Vision Science 2/1 2020-02-25
2018 Claudia S. Lüttke, Alexis Pérez-Bellido, Floris P. de Lange
Rapid recalibration of speech perception after experiencing the McGurk illusion
published pages: 170909, ISSN: 2054-5703, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170909
Royal Society Open Science 5/3 2020-02-25
2017 Peter Kok, Pim Mostert, Floris P. de Lange
Prior expectations induce prestimulus sensory templates
published pages: 10473-10478, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1705652114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/39 2020-02-25
2018 Floris P de Lange, Matthias Ekman
Framing orientation selectivity
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/elife.39762
eLife 7 2020-02-25
2018 Richter, David; Ekman, Matthias; De Lange, Floris
Suppressed sensory response to predictable object stimuli throughout the ventral visual stream
published pages: 7452-7461, ISSN: 0270-6474, DOI: 10.1101/228890
Journal of Neuroscience 38 2020-02-25
2018 Christian Utzerath, Iris C. Schmits, Jan Buitelaar, Floris P. de Lange
Adolescents with autism show typical fMRI repetition suppression, but atypical surprise response
published pages: 25-34, ISSN: 0010-9452, DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2018.08.019
Cortex 109 2020-02-25
2016 Claudia S. Lüttke, Matthias Ekman, Marcel A. J. van Gerven, Floris P. de Lange
McGurk illusion recalibrates subsequent auditory perception
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep32891
Scientific Reports 6/1 2020-02-25
2019 Matthias Fritsche, Floris P. de Lange
Reference repulsion is not a perceptual illusion
published pages: 107-118, ISSN: 0010-0277, DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2018.12.010
Cognition 184 2020-02-25
2018 Samuel J.D. Lawrence, Tim van Mourik, Peter Kok, Peter J. Koopmans, David G. Norris, Floris P. de Lange
Laminar Organization of Working Memory Signals in Human Visual Cortex
published pages: 3435-3440.e4, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.08.043
Current Biology 28/21 2020-02-25

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