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Jack Ryan

Goddard 408
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

I received my Bachelor of the Arts degree from Temple University in August, 2012. 

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in human cognition, but my previous research experiences have centered on Spatial Cognition. As an undergraduate I have done research on object perception and representation and how those representations are altered as a result of experience and expertise. I have conducted research as a lab manager for Dr. Russell Epstein in which I studied Spatial Navigation, specifically how navigational relevance affects object representations in scene selective cortex. My work thus far with Dr. Brainard and Dr. Aguirre has focussed on managing projects researching the neural and psychophysical characteristics of the melanopsin system in humans.

Selected Publications

Julian, J.B., Ryan, J., & Epstein, R.A. (2016). Coding of object size and object category in human visual cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 26(8).

Julian, J.B., Ryan, J., Hamilton, R.H., & Epstein, R.A. (2016). The Occipital Place Area is causally involved in representing environmental boundaries during navigation. Current Biology, 26(8): R323-R325.

Marchette, S.A., Vass, L., Ryan, J., & Epstein, R.A. (2015). Outside looking in: Landmark generalization in the human navigation system. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(44): 14896-14908.

Marchette, S.A., Vass, L., Ryan. J., & Epstein, R.A. (2014). Anchoring the neural compass: Coding of local spatial reference frames in human medial parietal lobe. Nature Neuroscience, 17(11): 1598-1606.


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