Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center
INCC - Université de Paris & CNRS
45 rue des Saints-Pères
Our subjective experience of the visual world is stable, continuous and seamless. How this phenomenology arises is one of the great mysteries of cognitive science, because the outside world presents itself to our senses in a discontinuous manner. For example, visual input is highly variable: object features change with perspective and lighting, and input is interrupted by blinks and modified by eye, head and body movements. Despite these discontinuities, we do not perceive objects to shift every time we move our eyes, or the physical characteristics of objects to change each time the sun passes behind a cloud. The goal of the current project is to shed light on the cognitive and brain mechanisms that underpin the transformation from variable visual input to stable visual experience, using behavioral (psychophysics) and EEG (MVPA) methods.