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Rudiger VonDerheydt, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neural coding of perceptual organization (illusory contours, border ownership)
Dr. Rudiger von der Heydt is a professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on neural coding of perceptual organization. Dr. von der Heydt is the principal investigator of the Neurophysiology of Visual Perception program at the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
His lab focuses on the investigation of the neural processes underlying visual perception. They use micro-electrode recordings from cells of the visual cortex in awake behaving monkeys, psychophysical experiments in humans and monkeys, and mathematical modeling to study the transformation from image to object representation.
- Professor of Neuroscience
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Research & Publications
Dr. von der Heydt and his lab team study the neural processes underlying visual perception using micro-electrode recording from cells of the visual cortex in awake behaving monkeys, psychophysical experiments in humans and monkeys, and mathematical modeling.
His team is currently working on two main projects. One relates to the mechanisms of 3-D form perception from binocular and monocular cues and the other examines the coding of features as parts of objects. They use subjective perceptual phenomena as tools in relating the neural signals to the hypothetical representations and processes underlying perception. For example, the changing depth of an ambiguous display, such as the Necker cube, can be used to probe for the neural mechanisms of depth perception, the tendency in figure/ground displays to perceive contours as part of the figure (rather than the ground) can be used to probe for mechanisms of object-related feature representation.
Lab Website: Rudiger VonDerheydt Laboratory
O'Herron P, von der Heydt R. "Remapping of border ownership in the visual cortex." J Neurosci. 2013 Jan 30;33(5)1964-74 (2013)
Wagemans J, Elder HJ, Kubovy M, Palmer SE, Peterson MA, Singh M, von der Heydt R. "A Century of Gestalt Psychology in Visual Perception: I. Perceptual grouping and Figure-Ground Organization." Psychol Bull. 2012 Jul 30. (2012)
Sugihara T, Qiu FT, von der Heydt R. "The Speed of Context Integration in the Visual Cortex." J Neurophysiol, Epub ahead of print. 2011
Mihalas S. Dong Y, von der Heydt R, Niebur E. "Mechanisms of perceptual organization provide auto-zoom and auto-localization for attention to objects." Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011 May 3. 108(18):7583-8. (2011)
O'Herron PJ, von der Heydt R. "Representation of object continuity in the visual cortex." J Vision (2001) 11:12, 1 – 12 , 9.
Academic Affiliations & Courses
Graduate Program Affiliation
Biomedical Engineering Program
Cognitive Science Program
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Psychological and Brain Sciences Program
Visual Neuroscience Training Program