Jason Barton

Canada Research Chair in Visual Cognitive Neuroscience

Tier 1 - 2015-12-01
Renewed: 2020-04-01
The University of British Columbia
Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Research involves

Studying high-level visual processing and how this processing is disrupted in patients with disorders of complex visual processing.

Research relevance

This research will increase understanding of the how the brain’s processing of visual inputs is disrupted in patients with neurological disorders.

Research summary

Dr. Jason Barton’s program focuses on understanding:

  • how the brain takes visual input and decodes this information into meaningful interpretations that support object recognition; and
  • how this is disrupted by various neurologic diseases that manifest with impairments of that recognition.

Barton’s team have a particular emphasis on “high-level” expert vision, exemplified by face and word recognition. They use functional MRI, eye tracking and sophisticated computerized tests of visual perception to advance understanding; and translate the knowledge they gain into experimental trials of rehabilitation for the various disorders.