Dr. Ian Charest
Dr Ian Charest is a cognitive computational neuroscientist generally interested in high-level vision and audition. He leads the Charest Lab at the Université de Montréal, where he and his team investigate object recognition in the brain using neuroimaging techniques such as magneto-electroencephalography (M-EEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). His work makes use of advanced computational modelling and analysis techniques, including machine learning, representational similarity analysis (RSA), and artificial neural networks (ANNs), to better understand human brain function. The current topics of research in the lab include information processing in the brain during perception, memory, and visual consciousness when recognising and interpreting natural scenes and visual objects. The laboratory is currently funded by an European Research Council - Starting Grant (759432) to investigate object recognition, visual consciousness, with a focus on individual differences in brain and behaviour. We also recently received a Courtois Chair in fundamental neuroscience, with a focus on computational and cognitive neuroscience, and an NSERC Discovery Grant to further study the interaction between vision and semantics.
Dr. Jasper van den Bosch
Jasper studied Psychology and Neuroscience in Maastricht and Rome. He then worked on PhD research on multisensory integration in Frankfurt. He went on to do a postdoc with Patricia Kuhl in Seattle, and with Niko Kriegeskorte in Cambridge. He then joined the Charest lab in 2018. His research focuses on the interplay between semantic and perceptual representation, from a multi-sensory perspective.
Dr. Ludwig Barbaro
Ludwig studied medicine at the University of Pisa, and completed his Ph.D. in Cognitive and Brain Sciences in CIMeC, under the supervision of Clayton Hickey and Marius Peelen. His interests include real-world object recognition, visual attention and the way vision and motivation interact with each other. He is currently a postdoc in the CharestLab, where he has conducted a project on the effects of task-relevance on the neural representation of visual objects using EEG and fMRI.
Katerina completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of South Bohemia where she investigated the cognitive advantage in bilingual adolescents. Having an interest in brain-computer interfaces, she then enrolled in MSc course in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics at the University of Birmingham. Katerina completed her MSc in 2019 and subsequently joined the Charest Lab in 2020 as a research assistant. She works with Dr Ian Charest on investigating the neurocognitive mechanisms behind conscious access in visual object recognition.
Dr. Adrien Doerig
Adrien studied neuroscience and physics at EPFL, and completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience there under the supervision of Michael Herzog. His interests include neural computations in recurrent networks, in particular for vision, and, more broadly, understanding how and when different computational properties emerge in neural networks. He also works on theoretical issues in consciousness science. Currently, is a postdoc with Tim Kietzmann at the Donders Institute, and is visiting scholar at the University of Birmingham and the University of Cambridge.
Daniel studied Cognitive Science at Umeå University before completing his Research Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently in the end of his Ph.D. working together with Ian Charest, Kim Shapiro and Ilja Sligte in a joint Ph.D. programme between University of Birmingham and University of Amsterdam. During the past few years he has been investigating attention, working memory, and conscious experience. Specifically, he is using fMRI/EEG, neural networks and cognitive models to investigate how hierarchical information-flow (from low-level visual features to semantics representations) is processed when presented in a fast sequence, hoping to unveil the essential mechanisms for perception.
Simon Faghel-Soubeyrand is completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience under the supervision of Ian Charest (University of Birmingham, UK) and Frédéric Gosselin (Université de Montréal, Canada). His work is centered on the perceptual and brain mechanisms that support individual differences in visual representations and recognition ability, with an emphasis for high-level representations (faces & objects). He uses a combination of psychophysical techniques, brain imaging, and machine learning to probe the mental representations of individuals from a neurotypical population, super-recognisers, and “pathological” populations, including prosopagnosia, and individuals on the schizophrenia and autism spectrum.
Daniel Perez Zapata
Daniel studied psychology at the University of Tarapaca (Chile) and completed a MPhil in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Queensland (Australia) under the supervision of Prof. Virginia Slaughter and Prof. Julie Henry. His current PhD project is supervised by Dr. Ian Charest and Prof. Ian Apperly, which is focused on how individuals understand cognitively pure coordination games (i.e., players actively try to align their responses to each other with no communication whatsoever). To achieve this goal, he is interested in building new social measures, and apply representational similarity analysis (RSA) in order to find out: whether people are able to coordinate with each other successfully in social scenarios, and whether they show individual differences in alignment agreements. This research might shed some light into how individuals understand online social interaction.
Research: Cognitive Neuroscience
Eva has an MSc in Psychology from KU Leuven and visited the Charest Lab from September 2018 until May 2019 for a research internship. During her stay, she worked on two projects investigating the representation of visual stimuli in the brain. Eva is currently completing a PhD at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry (KU Leuven) under the supervision of Prof Inez Myin-Germeys. She studies social withdrawal in adolescents' daily lives with the use of Experience Sampling Methodology. Her broad research interest is individual differences, both within and between persons, specifically how a person's environment can shape these differences and how this manifests in daily life.
Yuxuan studied biological science at Sichuan University (China), and completed MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Dr. Ian Charest and Dr. Jasper van den Bosch. She worked on multisensory real-world object representations at the Charest Lab and really enjoyed her time there. She is now working as a research assistant in China and most likely will keep pursuing a PhD degree in high-level visual perception with neuroimaging and computational model as methods in the near future.
Xihan studied social cognition at the University of Birmingham, supervised by Prof. Ian Apperly, and worked as research assistant in Ian Charest’s lab in 2019. She's now working in Peking University as research assistant and focuses on undergraduate development, interested in young adults’ emotion regulation for future research.
Undergrad Research Assistant
Subati did his undergraduate studies of psychology and cognitive neuroscience at the University of Birmingham, where he investigated the conscious recognition of visual objects. He is currently studying Translational Neuroscience at the Imperial College London, and he is interested in brain connectivity, and the application of computational methods to improve the diagnostic precision of neurological and psychiatric disorders.
I completed my Human Neuroscience Bachelor degree at the University of Birmingham. During my final year project, I was involved with the research of emotional categorization and multivariate pattern analysis using EEG in the lab. I was very fascinated by how we can link the brain process to behaviour by decoding brain signals recorded in EEG. I absolutely enjoyed the time in this research and this has really widened my knowledge in this field. In the future, I would like to get into clinical psychology and explore more on how to develop interventions for different psychological disorders.
Lara studied physiology and neuroscience at Sorbonne université (Paris, France), and psycholinguistics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris). She joined the Charest Lab for a 3 month internship during her Master's degree, and worked on linking brain and behavioral measures of visual object similarity. She is now a public school teacher in France (for children between 3 and 10 years old).
Dr. Sara Assecondi
Research: Cognitive neuroscience
Département de psychologie
Faculté des arts et des sciences
Université de Motréal
ian.charest.1 [@] umontreal.ca