About Us

Why do we see things the way we do? Our brain has a specific purpose when it creates the phenomenological experience of vision. It seeks to make the future predictable and guide behavior in a flexible manner. And it does so on the basis of uncertain, ambiguous information. We want to understand the neural mechanisms that accomplish this feat. We use a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological, and computational techniques. Behavioral tasks enable us to engage the neural mechanisms we wish to study. Large-scale recordings of neural activity in multiple brain areas provide insight in the neural substrate of the behavior. And computational models of neural function guide our interpretation and inspire further experimental exploration. Ongoing projects in the lab focus on predictive vision, flexible decision-making, and sensory uncertainty.

We are hiring! The Goris lab is currently accepting graduate students and post-docs.


January 2023: Post-doc in the lab, Corey Ziemba, is awarded UT's Excellence in Postdoctoral Research in Neuroscience Award. Congratulations Corey!

November 2022: Graduate student in the lab, Julie Charlton, defends her thesis entitled "Computations and representations supporting flexible decision-making". Congratulations Julie!

November 2022: New publication from the lab "Confidence reflects a noisy decision reliability estimate" now out in Nature Human Behavior.

October 2022: Goris lab welcomes new members Gaby, Oliver, and Jacob.

October 2022: Goris lab has been awarded an NSF-CAREER award entitled "Probabilistic Inference in the Primate Visual System."

May 2022: Goris lab has been awarded an R01 entitled "Uncertainty, Inference, and Introspection in the primate visual system".

February 2021: Post-doc in the lab, Corey Ziemba, is awarded a K99/R00 from the NEI for his project on the representation and utilization of sensory uncertainty in the visual system. Congratulations Corey!

April 2020: Graduate student in the lab, Yoon Bai, defends his thesis entitled "Representation of natural image sequences in the primate visual system". Congratulations Yoon!