What happens in our brains when we see a picture or hear a sound? The truth is that we don't really know. If we understood these processes, we would be able to build machines that could do the sorts of things that humans are capable of. But our best computers cannot perform even the simplest tasks that we do effortlessly every day, such as recognizing a face in a crowd or understanding what a person is saying in a room full of people talking.
The PCN lab, led by Dr. Michael Pratte, is part of the Psychology Department and the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies at Mississippi State Univeristy. We study human behavior and brain activity, in an effort to better understand how the human brain is so good at perceiving, remembering, and later recognizing information in the world.
Our work was recently featured in Vision Magazine, a publication of the Mississippi State University College of Arts and Sciences. They explain what we do much better than we can!
Submit your application to join our Cognitive Science program at Mississippi State University, and work with us exploring perception and memory! We leverage behavioral experimentation, EEG, fMRI and mathematical modeling to investigate just about anything related to memory or perception. This year we don't ever require GRE scores for application submissions, and in the application process you have the opportunity to apply for a fee waver. Feel free to contact Dr. Pratte with any questions.