Jason Fischer


The Whitney Laboratory

Department of Psychology

University of California, Berkeley


43 Vassar Street, 46-4141
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139


personal website: web.mit.edu/jason_f

Research Interests

I study visual perception and attention using fMRI, psychophysics, and computational modeling. My research investigates the ways in which visual coding in the brain flexibly adapts to the demands of the task at hand. For example, how is distracting input gated out to minimize its interference with important information? How does the brain's representation of space adapt to optimize spatial perception for the present goals?

After receiving my PhD from UC Berkeley in 2012, I joined Nancy Kanwisher's lab at MIT as a Postdoctoral Fellow. You can find more information about my current projects and publications on my website.


Liberman, A., Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. (2014) Serial Dependence in the Perception of Faces Current biology, 24(21): 1-6.
Chaney, W., Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. (2014) The hierarchical sparse selection model of visual crowding Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 8(73): 1-11.
Yamanashi Leib, A., Fischer, J., Liu, Y., Qiu, S., Robertson, L., & Whitney, D. (2014) Ensemble crowd perception: A viewpoint-invariant mechanism to represent average crowd identity Journal of Vision, 14(8): 26, 1-13.
Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. (2014) Serial Dependence in Perception Nature Neuroscience, 17(5): 7 38-45.
Fischer, J.*, Koldewyn, K.*, Jiang, Y.V., & Kanwisher, N. (2013) Unimpaired Attentional Disengagement and Social Orienting in Children with Autism. Clinical Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/2167702613496242
Maus, G.W., Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. (2013) Motion-dependent representation of space in area MT+. Neuron, 78(3): 554-562.
Fischer, J. & Whitney, D. (2012) Attention gates visual coding in the human pulvinar. Nature Communications, 3:1051.
Yamanashi Leib, A., Puri, A., Fischer, J., Bentin, S., Whitney, D., & Robertson, L. (2012) Crowd Perception in Prosopagnosia. Neuropsychologia, 50(7):1698-1707.
Fischer, J. & Whitney, D. (2011) Object-level visual information gets through the bottleneck of crowding. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(3):1389-98.
Fischer, J., Spotswood, N, & Whitney, D. (2011) The emergence of perceived position in the visual system. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(1) 119-136.
Maus, G.W., Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. (2011) Perceived positions determine crowding. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19796.
Corbett, J., Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. (2011) Facilitating Stable Representations: Serial Dependence in Vision. PLoS ONE 6(1): e16701.
Fischer, J. & Whitney, D. (2009) Attention narrows position tuning of population responses in V1. Current Biology, 19(16) 1356-1361.
Fischer, J. & Whitney, D. (2009) Precise discrimination of object position in the human pulvinar. Human Brain Mapping, 30(1) 101-111.
Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. Serial dependence in visual perception. (under review)
Fischer, J., & Whitney, D. The Hierarchical Sparse Selection Model of Visual Crowding. (under review)
Yamanashi Leib, A., Fischer, J., Liu, Y., Robertson, L., & Whitney, D. Ensemble Crowd Perception: A Viewpoint-Invariant Mechanism to Represent Average Crowd Identity. (under review)