human vision@uclouvain

What we do…

The human face conveys a wealth of complex information (e.g., identity, gaze, emotion, gender, etc.) critical for social interactions. Despite face information is conveyed via subtle variations captured by the retina, its analysis by the human visual system is fast and accurate.

Our goal is to understand how the human brain solves the complex task of face perception.

By means of psychophysical, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques,
we explore what, when, and where face information is integrated in the brain to yield rich and complex face percepts.

The lab is part of two research institutes at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium): the Institute of Research in Psychology (IPSY) and the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS), located respectively in Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels.


June 17th 2020 - Kirsten Petras successfully defended her PhD

After a strong 5-hour private defense a few weeks earlier, Kirsten also had a very successful public defense. Through an online platform, she explained her research on "redundancy in the visual system" to the public.


Click here to optain the PhD thesis of Dr. Petras.

Do you want to help us better understand how we perceive faces?

Participate in these online experiments:
- Eyes, eyes, eyes… send us an email to participate
- Is this face real or synthetic? Click here to participate

We have other experiments which require testing in our lab; click here if you are interested


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