Welcome to the

Cognitive Neuroscience of the Visual System Lab

Department of Psychology and Centre for Vision Research (CVR)

York University, Toronto



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The Freud lab is focused on the investigation of the cognitive and neural processes that mediate our ability to perceive the world around us and to interact with objects in our environment.

Vision is the most important sensory modality for humans. We use vision in almost every aspect of our lives, from the recognition of people and objects to reading and navigation (i.e., vision-for-perception). We also use vision to guide our interactions with objects and people in our environment (vision-for-action). The research in the lab aims to elucidate brain representations that support these different visual behaviors, the interplay between these functions and their developmental trajectories.


To this end,  we utilize a range of approaches, including neuroimaging, neuropsychological investigations, developmental studies and motion tracking technology.


Motion Tracking


Lab News

March 2021 - The National (CBC) coverage on our research on how children perceived masked faces
March 2021 - Congratulation to Zoha Ahmad for winning the VSS travel award !
December 2020 - A new paper alert  - The COVID-19 pandemic masks the way people perceive faces - Scientific Reports (Freud et al.) 
August 2020 - An article in the New-York Times that describes the lab research on the effect of masks on face perception
August 2020 - A new paper alert - Double Dissociation Between Perception and Action in Children - was accepted to publication in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (Freud et al.)
August 2020- A new paper alert - What Does Dorsal Cortex Contribute to Perception? (Freud, Behrmann & Snow) is now available online (see publication page)


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York University, 4700 Keele Street, 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M3J 1P3;

Sherman Health Science Research Centre, room 1008
Telephone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 33451

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