The visual system has the challenging task to reconstruct retinal input into meaningful representations by first extracting basic features, such as form, motion, color etc., and evaluate them within their given context. Dr. Alp’s passion for scientific research is to understand how the brain is capable of integrating these basic features into coherent wholes.

In other words, the goal of her research is to understand how the visual system combines local properties of the visual scene (e.g., elements, features, parts) to obtain holistic representations (e.g., patterns, objects, wholes). By using electrophysiological measures, the Alp Visual Neuroscience (AlViN) team aims to increase our knowledge of the cortical mechanisms that are involved in this holistic processing. Visit our webpage for more information.