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Leyla Isik

Claire Booth Luce Assistant Professor eff. 7/1/2019

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Humans perceive the world in rich visual detail. In just a fraction of a second, we not only detect the objects and people in our environment, but also quickly recognize people’s emotions, goals, actions, and social interactions. Detecting these higher level properties is extremely challenging even for state-of-the-art computer vision systems. How do humans extract all of this complex information with such speed and ease? My research aims to answer this question using a combination of human neuroimaging, intracranial recordings, machine learning, and behavioral techniques. Before joining Johns Hopkins, I was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and Harvard in the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines working with Nancy Kanwisher and Gabriel Kreiman. I completed my PhD at MIT where I was advised by Tomaso Poggio.


Leyla Isik will join our faculty as an assistant professor in July 2019.

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Dr. Leyla Isik is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2019 to join the JHU Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Her lab investigates the neural basis of human visual and social perception using a combination of neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG, ECoG), computational modeling, and machine learning. For more information on her lab's research, please visit

Creative, self-motivated candidates from a variety of fields, including cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, engineering, and computer science, are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have strong quantitative and computational skills.

Experience with neuroimaging or behavioral experiments is also desired, but not required.