The Sheinberg Lab studies how we make sense of a complex world. In particular, we focus on visual processing of objects, scenes, and actions. How does the concerted activity of neural populations support our ability to effortlessly identify relevant objects and ignore others? How does experience alter the processing of visual information at the level of single neurons and neural populations? How do perceptual and attentional processes interact during complex behavioral tasks, where eye movements, top down knowledge, and task demands must be combined with incoming sense data? We combine behavioral tasks with neural recordings to address these questions.



David Sheinberg

Dr. Sheinberg graduated from Yale College in 1989 with a degree in Computer Science and Psychology. His graduate work was completed in the field of Cognitive Science at Brown University in 1994 under the guidance of Heinrich Buelthoff. Following graduate school Dr. Sheinberg began to focus on neurophysiology as a postdoctoral fellow with Nikos Logothetis at Baylor, and then as a Research Scientist in the group of Prof. Logothetis at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen. He returned to Brown to the Department of Neuroscience in 2000 where he has worked and taught since.


Attention-Related Publications

Desrochers TM, Burk DC, Badre D, Sheinberg DL (2016). The monitoring and control of task sequences in human and non-human primates. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 9.

Brooks DI, Sigurdardottir HM, Sheinberg DL (2014). The neurophysiology of attention and object recognition in visual scenes. In K Kverga & M Bar (eds.) Scene Vision. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 85-104.

Dai J, Brooks DI, Sheinberg DL (2014). Optogenetic and electrical stimulation systematically bias visuospatial choice in primates. Current Biology, 24, 63-69.

Sigurdardottir HM, Michalak SM, Sheinberg DL (2014). Shape beyond recognition: Form-derived directionality and its effects on visual attention and motion perception, J Exp Psychol: General, 143(1), 434-454.
[ DOI: 10.1037/a0032353. ]

Monosov IE, Sheinberg DL, Thompson KG (2011). The effects of prefrontal cortex inactivation on object responses of single neurons in the inferotemporal cortex during visual search, J Neuroscience,  31, 15956-15961.