Hello, my name is Catrina and I am a junior undergraduate majoring in neuroscience.I joined the Image Understanding Lab in Fall 2016 after developing an interest in the role that the brain plays in translating external stimuli into the elaborate images we perceive on a daily basis. Every image that we see has innumerable qualities that our brain allows us to perceive (depth, color, texture, continuity, etc.). The highly complex process of facial recognition is even more complicated, yet we maintain a high sensitivity to even small changes in facial features and can instantly associate a face with all other information we have about a person. Although the evolutionary advantage of such abilities is evident, the exact mechanisms by which the brain performs these processes (or fails to do so) are still unclear. During my time in the lab I hope to help better understand how these visual processes work and how our perceptions shape the way each individual views the world.

Contact Information

University of Southern California
Image Understanding Lab HNB 316
3641 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
Lab Phone: (213) 740-6102
Fax: (213) 740-5687
Email: chacker@usc.edu