Dr. Katharina Dobs
Dr.

Katharina Dobs (N)

Giessen University FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Science
Otto-Behaghel-Str., 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany

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Project leader of requested projects C9 (N) and S (N) for next funding period.

From a brief glimpse of a complex scene, we recognize people and objects, their relationships to each other, and the overall gist of the scene – all within a few hundred milliseconds and with no apparent effort. What are the computations underlying this remarkable ability and how are they implemented in the brain?

My current research addresses these questions by bridging recent advances in machine learning with human behavioral and neural data to provide a computationally precise account of how visual recognition works in humans. Specifically, we leverage the recent successes in artificial neural networks of vision to address long-standing questions concerning human visual perception and the functional organization of the human visual cortex.

project-related publications
Dobs, K., Bülthoff, I., & Schultz, J. (2018). Use and usefulness of dynamic face stimuli for face perception studies—A review of behavioral findings and methodology. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 1355. find paper
Dobs, K., Isik, L., Pantazis, D., & Kanwisher, N. (2019a). How face perception unfolds over time. Nature Communications, 10, 1258. find paper
Dobs, K., Kell, A., Palmer, I., Cohen, M., & Kanwisher, N. (2019). Why Are Face and Object Processing Segregated in the Human Brain? Testing Computational Hypotheses with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (CCN), Berlin, Germany. find paper
Dobs, K., Martinez, J., Kell, A. J. E., Kanwisher, N. (2021). Brain-like functional specialization emerges spontaneously in deep neural networks. bioRxiv, 2021.07.05.451192v1.
Dobs, K., Schultz, J., Bülthoff, I., & Gardner, J.L. (2018). Task-dependent enhancement of facial expression and identity representations in human cortex. NeuroImage, 172, 689-702. find paper
former project-related publications
Dobs, K., Bülthoff, I., & Schultz, J. (2016). Identity information content depends on the type of facial movement. Scientific Reports, 6(34301), 1-9. find paper
Dobs, K., Ma, W. J., & Reddy, L. (2017). Near-optimal integration of facial form and motion. Scientific Reports, 7(1):11002, 1-9. find paper