Hi, I'm Manan P. Shah. I'm currently pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience at USC. During my time here at the Image Understanding Lab, I have been primarily involved in the investigation of object and face perception.

In a fraction of a second we can understand an object, even from an image never seen before. For example, an 80 msec glimpse of a picture of a giraffe can readily activate associations that it is a living thing, an animal, a mammal, an ungulate, naturally found in Africa, about 15 feet tall, etc. Amazingly, we are even able to readily recognize a friend vs. a stranger despite extremely high image similarity among faces.

The neural basis for our extraordinary visual cognition has hitherto defied scientific analysis. My research aims to explore the brain's role as our window to the universe.

Publications

Margalit, E., Shah, M. P., Tjan, B. S., Biederman, I., Keller, B., & Brenner, R. (2016). The Lateral Occipital Complex shows no net response to object familiarity. Journal of Vision, 16(11):3, 1-8. [PDF]

Xu, X., Biederman, I., & Shah, M.P. (2014). A neurocomputational account of the face configural effect. Journal of Vision, 14, 1-9. [Link]

Amir, O., Biederman, I., Herald, S.B., Shah, M.P., & Mintz, T.H. (2014), Greater Sensitivity to Nonaccidental than Metric Shape Properties in Preschool Children. Vision Research, 97, 83-88. [Link]

Presentations

Herald, S. B., Shah, M. P., Amir, O.,Biederman, I., & Mintz, T. (2014). Greater Sensitivity to Nonaccidental than Metric Shape Properties in Preschool Children. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete Beach, FL. [Poster]

Biederman, I., Xu, X., Shah, M. P., & Herald, S. B. (2014). A neurocomputational basis for face configural effect: role of spatial frequency. Talk presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete Beach, FL.

Xu, X., Shah, M. P., & Biederman, I (2013). Coding of Visual Stimuli for Size and Animacy. Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, FL. [Poster]

Biederman, I., Xu, X., & Shah, M. P. (2013). A neurocomputational basis for face configural effect. Talk presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, FL.

Honors and Awards

USC Neuroscience: Brian Philip Rakusin Scholarship (April 2013): This award was established in memory of Brian Phillip Rakusin, USC's first Neuroscience Major. The scholarship is awarded each year to the most outstanding Neuroscience student who will be on campus for at least one more year after receiving the award. Successful candidates must demonstrate outstanding achievements and aspirations in the field of Neuroscience.


Contact Information

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