Daniel J. Kersten, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology

E-mail: kersten@umn.edu

Kersten Computational Vision Lab (www.kersten.org)

Research Interests:

The human visual system may be the most complex pattern recognition
device known. In ways yet to be fully understood, the visual brain
arrives at interpretations of the retinal image data that are useful
for the decisions and actions of everyday life. Exactly how the brain
translates retinal image intensities to useful actions is a tough
problem requiring multiple approaches. A major theoretical challenge is
to discover the computational principles required to estimate object
properties and determine motor output from image features.
Computational vision searches for these solutions (Kersten and Yuille,
2003). The experimental challenge is to discover how our visual systems
and those of other animals are built to achieve useful actions from the
images received. My lab uses behavioral and and brain imaging to
investigate how the visual pathways of the brain transform image
information into useful actions (Bloj et al., 1999, Murray et al.,

Selected Publications:

(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

Kam, T.-E., Mannion, D. J., Lee, S.-W., Doerschner, K., & Kersten, D. J. (2015). Human visual cortical responses to specular and matte motion flows. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 1–13.

Mannion DJ, Kersten D, & Olman CA (2015) Scene coherence can affect the local response to natural images in human V1. European Journal of Neuroscience, 42 (11), 2895-2903.

Green, C. S., Kattner, F., Siegel, M. H., Kersten, D., & Schrater, P. R. (2015). Differences in perceptual learning transfer as a function of training task. Journal of Vision, 15(10):5, 1–14.

Akin B, Ozdem C, Eroglu S, Keskin DT, Fang F, Doerschner K, Kersten D, Boyaci H. Attention modulates neuronal correlates of interhemispheric integration and global motion perception. J Vis. 2014 Oct 27;14(12). pii: 30.

Mannion DJ, Kersten DJ, Olman CA. Regions of mid-level human visual cortex sensitive to the global coherence of local image patches. J Cogn Neurosci. 2014 Aug;26(8):1764-74

Qiu C, Kersten D, Olman CA. Segmentation decreases the magnitude of the tilt illusion. J Vis. 2013 Nov 20;13(13):19

McMenamin BW, Radue J, Trask J, Huskamp K, Kersten D, Marsolek CJ. The Diagnosticity of Color for Emotional Objects. Motiv Emot. 2013 Sep 1;37(3):609-622.

Mannion DJ, Kersten DJ, Olman CA. Consequences of polar form coherence for fMRI responses in human visual cortex. Neuroimage. 2013 Sep;78:152-8.

Green CS, Benson C, Kersten D, Schrater P. Alterations in choice behavior by manipulations of world model. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Sep 14;107(37):16401-6. Epub 2010 Aug 30.

Kersten D, Murray SO. Vision: when does looking bigger mean seeing better? Curr Biol. 2010 May 11;20(9):R398-9.

Hegdé J, Fang F, Murray SO, Kersten D. Preferential responses to occluded objects in the human visual cortex. J Vis. 2008 Apr 22;8(4):16.1-16.

Hegdé J, Bart E, Kersten D. Fragment-based learning of visual object categories. Curr Biol. 2008 Apr 22

Boyaci H, Fang F, Murray SO, Kersten D. Responses to lightness variations in early human visual cortex. Curr Biol. 2007 Jun 5;17(11):989-93.

Yuille A, Kersten D. Vision as Bayesian inference: analysis by synthesis? Trends Cogn Sci. 2006 Jul;10(7):301-8.

Murray SO, Boyaci H, Kersten D. The representation of perceived angular size in human primary visual cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2006 Mar;9(3):429-34.

Murray SO, Olman CA, Kersten D. Spatially specific FMRI repetition effects in human visual cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2006 Apr;95(4):2439-45.

Fang F, Murray SO, Kersten D, He S. Orientation-tuned FMRI adaptation in human visual cortex. J Neurophysiol. 2005 Dec;94(6):4188-95.

Hartung B, Schrater PR, Bulthoff HH, Kersten D, Franz VH. Is prior knowledge of object geometry used in visually guided reaching? J Vis. 2005 Jun 10;5(6):504-14.

Knill, D. C., & Kersten, D. (2004). Visuomotor sensitivity to visual information about surface orientation. J Neurophysiol, 91(3), 1350-1366.

Former Graduate Students:

Mark Brady (Ph.D. 1999, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Wendy Braje (Cognitive and Biological Psychology, University of Minnesota).

Pascal Mamassian (Ph.D. 1995, University of Minnesota).

Cheryl Olman (Ph.D. 2003, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Jennifer Schumacher (Ph.D. 2010, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Serena Thompson (Ph.D. 2009, Neuroscience, University of Minnesota).

Daniel J. Kersten