My name is Marc Himmelberg and I am a Post-Doctoral Associate in the Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science at
New York University. I conduct visual neuroscience research and work jointly within the labs of Jon Winawer and Marisa Carrasco.
Prior to this, I received my PhD in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (2019) from the University of York (UK) under the supervision of
Alex Wade and as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Early Career Research Fellow within the NextGenVis consortium.
I am interested in the relationship between brain and behaviour; how the nervous system translates visual signals into an internal
representation of visual space, which forms the basis of how we perceive and interact with our visual environment. To answer this,
my research blends functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), psychophysics, and computational modeling to study retinotopic maps
in human visual cortex. I test how these maps represent and encode visual information throughout the visual field and how this impacts
our visual perception. Broadly, my research targets the following questions:
- How are fundamental visual dimensions (i.e., contrast, spatial frequency, temporal frequency) encoded within
retinotopic maps, what are the neural computations that support these processes, do they vary with visual
field eccentricity and polar angle location, and how do they give rise to visual perception?
- How does the substantial individual variability in the size and distribution of cortical tissue within
retinotopic maps influence individual variability in visual perception?
Please feel free to email me if you need any advice on collecting or analysing retinotopy data, etc.