For Perception and Action

Department of Psychology

University of California, Berkeley


Welcome to the Whitney Laboratory for Perception and Action at UC Berkeley. We study visual, auditory and visuomotor localization, with the goal of understanding the perceptual, cognitive, and neural mechanisms that allow humans to perceive and interact with objects in a dynamic world.


Using both psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques, we investigate the underlying psychological and neural components of visual perception. Why are we so interested in vision? Because we use it everyday! Vision is integral to our interaction with the world. It's so important in fact, that nearly half of our brain is dedicated to vision!

By carefully examining the different facets of our visual processing, we are able to reveal some of the brain's many mysteries and tackle an otherwise enormously complicated problem.