Prof. Hamutal Slovin - Reading the Mind!

BIU’s Neural Imaging Lab at the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center is dedicated to the study of visual processing, decoding of visual content, and artificial vision.

As head of the Neural Imaging Laboratory Prof. Hamutal Slovin strives to help improve treatment of visually impaired patients, by understanding the decoding (or "mind reading") of visual stimuli content in the brain.  Using a brain model, she is applying a set of algorithms to decipher and reconstruct the visual content of simple basic stimuli into complex images.

When a visual image is presented, it is broken down to its stimulus features (color, orientation, spatial frequency etc.) within each point in the visual field. Artificial vision for the blind consists of transforming visual images captured by a camera into electrical currents that the brain can interpret. Using microstimulation in the visual cortex, Prof. Slovin's team is trying to create a “'Brain-Machine Interface” that will act as a cortical neuroprosthesis for high detail artificial vision. Their ultimate objective is to provide novel insights into perceptually guided behavior, and come up with innovative treatment approaches for the visually impaired.

Specifically, Slovin’s group is trying to shed light on the "binding problem", namely, how spatially separated neural activity bind together to generate the perception of a coherent object. Additionally, they are attempting to decipher neuronal mechanisms mediating higher brain functions such as visual attention, perceptual learning and visual awareness.

Three years ago, Dr. Slovin received a prestigious 5-year grant of €1.55 million for a collaborative project with two research groups in Germany. This grant was given by the German-Israeli Project Cooperation which fosters interdisciplinary cutting-edge research in both countries.

 

For more information on Professor Slovin's research at the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center >>