Talia Konkle



William James Hall, 9th Floor
33 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

(617) 286-6291

In July 2015, I will start as an Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology and Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. Please contact me if you are interested in doing graduate or postdoctoral work in my lab.

The broad aim of my research is to understand how representational spaces of the mind are mapped onto the surface of the brain. My work focuses on the domain of object knowledge: what are the fundamental dimensions of object representation, from low-level to high-level properties, and how are these realized in our neural architecture?

My approach is to leverage the spatial structure in neural responses to gain insight into functional organization of the mind and brain. The spatial topography and connectivity of neural regions are driven by powerful biological organizing principles that broadly reflect the computational goals of the system. As such, I aim to develop models of what regions do in the context of where they fall and why they come to be organized that way.

The techniques I use combine functional neuroimaging and behavioral methods in human participants. I supplement these empirical techniques with formal computational methods to relate representational spaces defined at a cognitive level with the spatial topography of neural responses.

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