The Brainard Lab studies human vision, machine vision, and computational modeling of visual processing. Our concern is with how the visual system estimates object properties from the information available in the light signal incident at the eye. To study this general problem, we conduct psychophysical experiments to investigate questions such as how object color appearance is related to object surface properties under a wide range of illumination conditions and how color is used to identify objects. We also formulate computational models of visual processing. In addition, we interested in developing machine visual systems that can mimic human performance and in understanding the neural mechanisms of vision.
Representative Recent Publications
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Benson, N. C. Butt, O. H., D. H. Brainard, G. K. Aguirre (2014). Correction of distortion in flattened representations of the cortical surface allows prediction of v1-v3 functional organization from anatomy. PLoS Computational Biology,10(3):e1003538, http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1003538, doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003538.
Xiao, B., Hurst, B., MacIntyre, L., Brainard, D. H. (2012). The color constancy of three-dimensional objects. Journal of Vision, 12(4:6). http://journalofvision.org/12/4/6, doi:10.1167/12.4.6. Supplemental material.
Olkkonen, M. & Brainard, D. H. (2011). Joint effects of illumination geometry and object shape in the perception of surface reflectance. i-Perception 2(9), 1014-1034, http://i-perception.perceptionweb.com/journal/I/volume/2/article/i0480, doi:10.1068/i0480. Supplemental material.
Radonjić, A., Allred, S. R., Gilchrist, A. L., & Brainard, D. H. (2011). The dynamic range of human lightness perception. Current Biology, 21(22), 1931-1936, doi:10.1016/cub.2011.10.013. Download PDF. Download supplemental PDF. Additional supplemental material. Video abstract. [Commentary on this paper appears in Graham, D. J. (2011). Visual perception: Lightness in a high-dyanamic range world. Current Biology, 21(22), R914-R916. Download commentary PDF.]
Brainard, D. H. & Maloney, L. T. (2011). Surface color perception and equivalent illumination models. Journal of Vision, 11(5:1), http://www.journalofvision.org/content/11/5/1, doi: 10.1167/11.5.1.
Yin, L., Smith, R. G., Sterling, P., & Brainard, D. H. (2009). Physiology and morphology of color-opponent ganglion cells in a retina expressing a dual gradient of S and M opsins. Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 2706-2724. Download PDF.
Brainard, D. H., Williams, D. R., & Hofer, H. (2008). Trichromatic reconstruction from the interleaved cone mosaic: Bayesian model and the color appearance of small spots. Journal of Vision, 8(5):15, 1-23, http://journalofvision.org/8/5/15/, doi:10.1167/8.5.15.