"GestaltReVision" is the short-hand name for the Methusalem research program on “Perceptual organization in the context of a dynamic and hierarchical visual brain” awarded to Johan Wagemans and collaborators.
Broadly speaking, we want to study Gestalt phenomena such as perceptual grouping and figure-ground organization using modern methods and techniques, and we want to integrate the Gestalt insights in our current understanding of how the visual brain works.
what we do
Our research focus is on typical mid-level topics such as perceptual organization and shape perception but we also study low-level (e.g., contrast perception) and high-level topics (e.g., object recognition). We also study more applied issues regarding aging, autism and art.
We use a combination of different research methods and techniques. The focus is on behavioral experiments and psychophysics but we also use modeling, ERP, and fMRI.
In the picture
Lecture by Johan Wagemans: Autism and the predictive brain (includes slides and video).
Most of our activities are internal (lab research) until we present our findings at conferences (lectures/posters) or publish them in scientific journals (research papers). Sometimes we try to reach out to the broader public by giving more general lectures, writing more general overview chapters or essays, or organizing public events.
Sometimes our work receives some attention from the press.