Presented by Frank Tong, Centennial Professor of Psychology and professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, Vanderbilt University

Join visual neuroscientist Frank Tong to learn about the interpretive act of sight—how the human brain processes light, shadows, shapes, and objects. Dr. Tong will discuss light-based works by Robert Irwin, Mary Corse, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler in Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and point to how these artworks present puzzles to tantalize our visual system so we may reexamine what and how we see.

About Frank Tong

Frank Tong headshotDr. Frank Tong researches how the human visual system gives rise to our ability to perceive, attend to, recognize, and remember shapes, patterns, faces, objects, and scenes. His lab relies on advanced methods including visual psychophysics, functional MRI, computational modeling, and in-depth comparisons between human performance and deep neural networks. He has had a longstanding, though nonprofessional, interest in the intersections between human perception and the visual arts. He received his PhD in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University in 1999 and has since received multiple awards for his research from the Vision Sciences Society, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. 

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