Visuomotor behavior experiment
Summer internship: computational and experimental approaches to visuomotor behavior
The student will be involved in the lab's work on furthering the understanding of visuomotor behavior through empirical experimentation and computational modeling.
The exchange student will join our interdisciplinary research team spanning the fields of cognitive science, psychology, and computer science. Our laboratories offer eye-tracking, motion capturing, and state of the art virtual reality technology for carrying out behavioral experiments in controlled lab environments as well as natural environments. Research in our lab focuses on the understanding of extended sequential visuomotor behavior such as visual search tasks, navigation, and hand-eye coordination. Methodologically we use behavioral experiments as well as cognitive modeling grounded in Bayesian models and reinforcement learning. Based on interest and previous experience, the exchange student will learn to conduct his/her own experiment with human participants in one of these domains, analyze the data, and write a report on the outcome.
Two IREP student(s) can work on this project.
Pre-requisites or requirements for the project
Familiarity with eye-tracking, motion-capturing, and a programming language such as Matlab or Python are a plus but not strictly a prerequisite.
Literature and preparation
The following books may be relevant, depending on background and interests:
• D.H.Ballard: 'Brain Computation as Hierarchical Abstraction'
• K.Doya et al.: 'Bayesian Brain'
• P.Dayan & L.Abbott: 'Theoretical Neuroscience'
• C.M.Bishop: 'Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning'
until the end of December 2020