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Oliver Layton

Oliver LaytonOliver Layton is a second year graduate student in Cognitive and Neural Systems. He graduated from Skidmore College with B.A. degrees in Mathematics and Computational Neuroscience, a major he created as an interdisciplinary synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and computer science to study the brain from a wide spectrum of approaches.

He is interested how humans use visual information to guide navigation through dynamic, complex, and often cluttered environments. His work with Professor Ennio Mingolla and Dr. Andrew Browning identifies how visual brain areas V1, MT, and MST may interact in a way consistent with known physiology to give rise to our perception of self-motion direction: judging where we are heading. Through modeling, they investigate and try to understand why humans do not always accurately judge their direction of self-motion when independently moving objects occupy the environment.

He also works with Professors Arash Yazdanbakhsh and Ennio Mingolla on how brain circuits dynamically code occlusion information in visual scenes. When glancing at a photograph, we effortlessly see which parts appear closer than others. The model he is developing aims to clarify how this process may occur in the brain.

Last updated on May 18, 2011