University of California, San Diego
Timothy Brady’s research focuses on perception, visual working memory and visual long-term memory, using a combination of behavioral and computational methods to understand the limits on our ability to encode and maintain visual information. Questions asked by his lab include: What constraints do visual processing and prior knowledge impose on information encoding? How do visual representations transform from perception to working memory to long-term memory? How do we store information about items that are strongly related to other items or to the context? Broadly, his work argues that we should understand memory as dealing not with individual items but structured representations that are hierarchical and dependent on existing knowledge.