I see your true colours
Visual Neuroscience
Imagine you are playing tennis. You need to know where the ball will be in every moment: how it moves and where will it be. Does the colour of the ball help us in this task?

In this project, we will explore how does the colour influence the motion processing. How will we approach this question? A useful method is electroencephalography (EEG), which measures our brain activity using non-invasive sensors applied to our head (picture 1, taken from Sandhaeger et al, 2019).
Picture 1: The setup for electroencephalography and how recorded brain waves look.
Before doing experiments, we will learn about the way information from the outside world is shown in our visual system, so we would know where can we expect to find information about colour and motion in our brains (picture 2 ).

We will then design experiments with electroencephalography to discover in which settings does colour help and in which it makes it more difficult to see the movements of an object. Using electroencephalography, we can see where and when does the brain activity change. Then we just need help from our fellow IRS students to look at our stimulus while we look what is going on in their brain!

Picture 2: Testing detection of motion with different colours present
We expect our students to be curious and ready to dive into doing experiments! We don't require any specific previous knowledge about neuroscience. If you are interested in the project, but think you are not an expert in biology, don't worry: we will have some programming and statistics as well.

Welcome to the IRS 2020 Visual neuroscience project I see your true colours!
Anton and Danica met at IRS 2016, thought about this project at IRS 2019, and were ready to launch it on IRS 2020!

Anton Lukashevich

Moscow, Russia

graduated as an MD, turned up to be vision scientist. Living the dream to discover all the nooks and crannies of our vision! Making psychology and physiology get along just fine!

Permanent IRS tutor. And an excellent cook.

Danica Despotović

Novi Sad, Serbia

is a PhD student of computational neuroscience at the Vision Institute, Sorbonne University (Paris, France). She finished her BSc and Master studies in Electrical Engineering at Faculty of Technical Sciences (Novi Sad, Serbia), with major in Signal Processing. She has been a seasoned tutor and science promoter with experience from Petnica Science Center, Science festival, and European Researcher's night. Keywords about everything else in Danica's life: avid traveller, choir and karaoke singer, eternal MATLAB lover, recreational rower and scuba diver.
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