Center for Perceptual Systems

Robbe Goris


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., KU Leuven

Robbe Goris

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Biography


How does the brain process visual information? And how does this information guide perception and action? These are the questions that drive me. I am especially interested in the function of the primate visual system. The purpose of my research is to understand the computations performed by single neurons and populations of neurons in the visual and association areas of the cerebral cortex, and express that understanding in mathematical models. To achieve this, I use a diverse set of research tools: behavioral experiments, computational modeling, and monkey physiology. Conceptually, my work is subdivided in three broad areas that are concerned with the encoding of visual information, the corruption of this information by noise, and the decoding of this information to guide behavior.

I received my Ph.D. in 2009 from KU Leuven (advisors: Johan Wagemans and Felix Wichmann), went on to do a post-doc at NYU (advisors: Tony Movshon and Eero Simoncelli), and joined the faculty of the department of Psychology at UT Austin in fall 2016.

Courses


PSY 394U • Topics In Systems Neurosci

41880 • Fall 2019
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM SEA 5.106

Seminars in Cognitive or Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 323 • Perception

42505 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM BUR 136

Theory and research in the ways we extract information from the environment. Three lecture hourse a week for one semester. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: BIO 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 394U • Topics In Systems Neurosci

43070 • Fall 2018
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM SEA 4.242

Seminars in Cognitive or Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 323 • Perception

42700 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM BUR 224

Theory and research in the ways we extract information from the environment. Three lecture hourse a week for one semester. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: BIO 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 394U • Topics In Systems Neurosci

43400 • Fall 2017
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM SEA 4.242

Seminars in Cognitive or Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 323 • Perception

43209 • Spring 2017
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM NOA 1.116

Theory and research in the ways we extract information from the environment. Three lecture hourse a week for one semester. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: BIO 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 394U • Adv Tpcs In Systems Neurosci

43399 • Fall 2016
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM SEA 4.242

Seminars in Cognitive or Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Publications


Goris, R.L.T., Simoncelli, E.P., Movshon, J.A. (2015) Origin and function of tuning diversity in macaque visual cortex. Neuron, 88(4):819-831. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2015.10.009
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Goris, R.L.T., Movshon, J.A., Simoncelli, E.P. (2014) Partitioning neuronal variability. Nature Neuroscience, 17(6):858-865.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3711 
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Goris, R.L.T., Putzeys, T., Wagemans, J. and Wichmann, F.A. (2013) A neural population model for visual pattern detection. Psychological Review, 120(3): 472-496.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0033136           
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