Soojin Park

Assistant Professor

Krieger 151 | Krieger 119 (lab)
By appointment
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My research is aimed at understanding how the human mind constructs a visual reality beyond the limited sensory input. For example, the human visual system can sample a single snapshot of a scene at a time, and can only keep track of a handful of objects in the environment. Yet people have a remarkable ability to navigate through an unfamiliar city, comprehend fast movie trailers, and find a friend in a crowd. I am interested in how the mind overcomes limits in visual processing, and how the human visual system has developed mechanisms to perceive a coherent visual world beyond the fragmented input it receives.

  • How does the mind overcome limits in visual input, and construct a coherent and continuous representation of a scene over multiple views?
  • What are neural mechanisms that support the construction of coherent scene representation, and how does these brain areas play different and complementary roles?
  • What are the cues that allow scene integration? How does thinking and memory affect the constructive integration of scenes?
  • What are functional properties of scenes and how does it influence our navigation and interactions with objects
  • What kind of tasks share similar processing mechanisms with each other, and how are these limited resources allocated efficiently?

To study these questions, my lab uses methods of behavioral psychophysics and brain imaging (fMRI).

  • AS.050.203 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • AS.050.312/612 Cognitive Neuroimaging Methods in High-Level Vision.
  • AS.050.319/619 Visual Cognition
  • AS.050.828 Research Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision

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K Ferrara, B Landau, S Park
Neural and behavioral sensitivity to boundary cues in Williams syndrome
Journal of Vision 16 (12), 12-12, 2016

M Hatfield, M McCloskey, S Park
Neural representation of object orientation reveals dissociation between MVPA and Repetition Suppression
Journal of Vision 16 (12), 1312-1312, 2016

RH Cheng, K Ferrara, S Park
Neural Representation of the Horizontal Extent of Spatial Boundary Cues
Journal of Vision 16 (12), 519-519, 2016

S Park, K Ferrara
Complementary neural representation of scene boundaries
Journal of Vision 16 (12), 11-11, 2016

J Park, K Johannes, M Levine, S Park
Implicitly learned temporal association between targets attenuates AB effect
Journal of Vision 16 (12), 597-597, 2016

K Ferrara, RH Cheng, S Park
Neural Sensitivity to Boundary Cues Across Different Scene Geometries
Journal of Vision 16 (12), 520-520, 2016

M Hatfield, M McCloskey, S Park
Neural representation of object orientation: A dissociation between MVPA and Repetition Suppression
NeuroImage, 2016

K Ferrara, S Park
Neural representation of scene boundaries
Neuropsychologia, 2016

S Park, K Ferrara, B Landau
Impaired behavioral and neural sensitivity to boundary cues in Williams syndrome.
Journal of vision 15 (12), 115-115, 2015

J Park, S Park
The representation of texture information in the parahippocampal place area.
Journal of vision 15 (12), 511-511, 2015

K Ferrara, S Furlong, B Landau, S Park
Detailed visual memory capacity is present early in life.
Journal of vision 15 (12), 665-665, 2015

S Park, T Konkle, A Oliva
Parametric coding of the size and clutter of natural scenes in the human brain
Cerebral Cortex 25 (7), 1792-1805, 2015

S Park, MM Chun
The Constructive Nature of Scene Perception
Scene Vision: Making Sense of What We See, 45, 2014

M Hatfield, M McCloskey, S Park
Mirror-image confusion in object-selective cortex: Are all reflections alike?
Journal of Vision 14 (10), 1366-1366, 2014

S Park, M Levine, M Dunne
Neural representation of the navigability in a scene
Journal of Vision 13 (9), 1097-1097, 2013

K Ferrara, S Park
Spatial size defined by different boundary cues
Journal of Vision 13 (9), 1070-1070, 2013

S Park, T Konkle, A Oliva
Neural coding of the size of space and the amount of clutter in a scene
Journal of Vision 11 (11), 818-818, 2011

JD Golomb, AR Albrecht, S Park, MM Chun
Eye movements help link different views in scene-selective cortex
Cerebral Cortex, bhq292, 2011

S Park, TF Brady, MR Greene, A Oliva
Disentangling scene content from spatial boundary: complementary roles for the parahippocampal place area and lateral occipital complex in representing real-world scenes
The Journal of Neuroscience 31 (4), 1333-1340, 2011

A Oliva, S Park, T Konkle
Representing, perceiving and remembering the shape of visual space
LR Harris and MRM Jenkin, eds, 2011