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- Investigator, McGovern Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
- DiCarlo lab site
- phone: 617-452-2045
- fax: 617-452-4119
- MIT address: 46-6161A
- email: email@example.com
Making sense of the visual world
James DiCarlo examines the complex network of brain regions that allow us to recognize vast numbers of objects rapidly and effortlessly. His current focus is on a series of successive brain areas, known as the ventral visual processing stream, that is of special importance for object recognition. DiCarlo also develops computational models of the brain with the ultimate goal of building a computer simulation of the brain's capacity for object recognition–such models could provide insights into the sensory deficits that occur after stroke or brain injury.
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DiCarlo joined the McGovern Institute in 2002, and is an associate professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He received his Ph.D. and M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and did postdoctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1998, he received the Martin and Carol Macht Young Investigator Research Prize from Johns Hopkins University. In 2002, he received an Alfred P. Sloan Research fellowship and a Pew Scholar Award. He received MIT's Surdna Research Foundation Award and its School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2005, and he won a Neuroscience Scholar Award from the McKnight Foundation in 2006.