Diane M Beck

Professor

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Attention
  • Visual Perception

Research Description

At the most general level, my research program is aimed at identifying the cognitive processes and neural structures that enable and limit our visual representations of the world. For instance, I am interested in: what processes determine whether or not we are aware of a visual object or event, can report its presence, or can recall it later; what mechanisms constrain the number of items we can effectively process at the same time; how higher-level processes such as attention modulate activity in visual cortex; and, why some stimuli (e.g. natural scenes)are processed so quickly and with relatively little effort. We use a variety of approaches to address these questions, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral methods, and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Education

Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Recent Publications

Groen, I. I. A., Greene, M. R., Baldassano, C., Fei-Fei, L., Beck, D. M., & Baker, C. I. (2018). Distinct contributions of functional and deep neural network features to representational similarity of scenes in human brain and behavior. eLife, 7, [e32962]. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.32962

Kumar, M., Federmeier, K. D., Fei-Fei, L., & Beck, D. M. (2017). Evidence for similar patterns of neural activity elicited by picture- and word-based representations of natural scenes. NeuroImage, 155, 422-436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.03.037

Wang, Z., Liu, D., Chang, S., Dolcos, F., Beck, D. M., & Huang, T. S. (2017). Image aesthetics assessment using Deep Chatterjee's machine. In 2017 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, IJCNN 2017 - Proceedings (pp. 941-948). [7965953] (Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks; Vol. 2017-May). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/IJCNN.2017.7965953

Metzger, B. A., Mathewson, K. E., Tapia, E., Fabiani, M., Gratton, G., & Beck, D. M. (2017). Regulating the access to awareness: Brain activity related to probe-related and spontaneous reversals in binocular rivalry. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29(6), 1089-1102. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01104

Baldassano, C., Beck, D. M., & Fei-Fei, L. (2017). Human-Object Interactions Are More than the Sum of Their Parts. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 27(3), 2276-2288. https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhw077

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