Probing panoramic visual memory
Robertson, Hermann, Mynick, Kravitz, Kanwisher, 2016.
Current Biology. 26(18), 2463-2468.
Our first foray into head mounted VR was recently published in Current Biology! This paper shows how discrete views of a 360-degree panoramic scene are knit together in the brain to form a broad, unified representation of the world around us.
Linking GABA to visual symptoms in autism
Robertson, Ratai, Kanwisher, 2016.
Current Biology. 26(01), 80-85.
Our study was published in Current Biology shortly before Christmas 2015. The paper linked a specific neurotransmitter in the autistic brain, GABA, to visual symptoms in behavior. It was covered by national news sites including The Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Mother Jones, and The Crimson.
Probing the neural basis of "seeing the trees, but not the forest"
Robertson, Thomas, Kravitz, Wallace, Baron-Cohen, Martin, Baker, 2014.
Brain. 137(9), 2588-99.
Our paper showed that visual symptoms associated with autism -- such as intense visual focus on local details in the environment, but difficulty integrating these details into a global whole -- begin in early visual areas of the autistic brain. This finding helped us to understand that autistic sensory symptoms come from differences in how visual information is processed, rather than how it is interpreted. It was selected as one of the NIH's five outstanding intramural research accomplishments of 2014.