Recognition of high-level visual form

Researcher(s): Dr. Ipek Oruc

In this study, we investigate how human observers recognize complex visual patterns and objects such as letters and faces. You are invited to participate in this study because we would like to understand how visual recognition is normally accomplished in healthy human observers. Participants will be seated in front of a computer screen where they will view displays of visual stimuli. Participants will then be asked if they recognize the stimuli.

If you are interested, email communication is preferred!

Why should you participate in this study?

We want to examine how people detect, identify, and notice subtle changes in visual objects, and how this ability is impacted by prior visual experience. Your participation contributes to our understanding of how the human brain recognizes visual objects and this knowledge can in the long run enable rehabilitation of dysfunction impacting visual recognition.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Have normal or corrected to normal vision and hearing. If you require glasses or contacts, please wear them!
  • Are able to communicate in English
  • Knowledge of popular media is beneficial but not required

This study will take place at:

  • ICORD/Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver)

Time commitment

Participation will take approximately 1 hour.

Compensation for participation

Participants will be compensated $10.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator Caitlin Long by email at