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Matthew X. Lowe

Education and Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017- Present)
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
Advisor: Dr. Aude Oliva

Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Toronto (2014-2017)
Advisors: Dr. Jonathan S. Cant and Dr. Susanne Ferber

M.A., Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Toronto (2013-2014)
Advisors: Dr. Jonathan S. Cant and Dr. Susanne Ferber

B.Sc., Psychology, University of Cape Town (2008-2010)


General Research Interests

Cognition and neuroscience; vision; audition; scene perception; object perception; individual differences; memory


Publications
Journal Articles (8)

Lowe, M.X., Stevenson, R.A., Barense, M.D., Cant, J.S., and Ferber, S. (2018). Relating the perception of visual ensemble statistics to individual levels of autistic traits, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 80, 1667-1664

Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Ferber, S., and Walther, D.B. (2018). Discriminating scene categories from brain activity within 100 milliseconds , Cortex, 106C, 275-287*
*Featured on the journal cover

Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Gallivan, J.P., Ferber, S., and Cant, J.S. (2017). Neural representation of geometry and surface properties in object and scene perception, NeuroImage, 157, 586-597*
*Featured on the journal cover

Robin, J., Lowe, M.X., Pishdadian, S., Rivest, J., Cant, J.S., & Moscovitch, M. (2017). Selective scene perception deficits in a case of topographical disorientation, Cortex, 92, 70-80

Lowe, M.X., Gallivan, J.P., Ferber, S., and Cant, J.S. (2016). Feature diagnosticity and task context shape activity in human scene-selective cortex, NeuroImage, 125, 681-692*
*Featured on the journal cover

Lowe, M.X., Stevenson, R.A., Wilson, K.E., Ouslis, N.E., Barense, M.D., Cant, J.S., and Ferber, S. (2016). Sensory processing patterns predict the integration of information held in visual working memory, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(2), 294-301

Wilson, K.E., Lowe, M.X., Ruppel, J., Pratt, J., and Ferber, S. (2016). The scope of no return: Openness predicts the spatial distribution of Inhibition of Return, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78, 209-217

Lowe, M.X., Ferber, S., and Cant, J.S. (2015). Processing context: Asymmetric interference of visual form and texture in object and scene interactions, Vision Research, 117, 34-40*
*Featured on the journal cover


Conference Presentations
2018

Lowe, M.X., Teng, S., Mohsenzadeh, Y., Charest, I., Pantazis, D., and Oliva, A. (2018) Temporal dynamics underlying sound discrimination in the human brain. Poster presented at the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, Philidephia, PA.

2017

Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Cant, J.S., and Ferber, S. (2017) Efficient encoding of ensemble statistics in the visual periphery. Talk presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Gallivan, J.P., Ferber, S., and Cant, J.S. (2017) Making a scene: Neural representation of visual features in object and scene perception. Poster presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Ferber, S., and Walther, D.B. (2017) Category discrimination of early electrophysiological responses reveals the time course of natural scene perception. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.*
*Abstract awarded the Elsevier Travel Award

Mzozoyana, M. W., Lowe, M.X., Groen, I.I.A., Cant, J.S., and Harel, A. (2017) Artificially-generated scenes demonstrate the importance of global scene properties for scene perception. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.

2015

Cant, J.S., Lowe, M.X., Rajsic, J., Gallivan, J.P. (2015) Are scene-shape and scene-texture processing mediated by shared or distinct neuronal mechanisms in the parahippocampal place area? Talk presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Lowe, M.X., Ferber, S, and Cant, J.S. (2015) Dynamic representation of texture and spatial layout in human scene-selective cortex. Poster presented at the Organization of Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Lowe, M.X., Ferber, S, and Cant, J.S. (2015) Texture and spatial layout converge in human scene-selective cortex. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.

Lowe, M.X., Stevenson, R.A., Wilson, K.E., Ouslis, N.E., Barense, M.D., Cant, J.S., and Ferber, S. (2015). Sensory processing patterns predict the bias of ensemble statistics for items held in visual working memory. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2014 and prior

Lowe, M.X., and Cant, J.S. (2014). Revealing a global-processing bias for texture in scene perception. Poster presented at the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.

Lowe, M.X., and Cant, J.S. (2014). Perceiving the global: The role of surface texture consistency in object and background perception. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Petersburg, FL.

Wilson, K.E., Ruppel, J., Lowe, M.X., Shaw, M., Kosnik, R., Pratt, J., and Ferber, S. (2013). Individual differences in the scope of spatial attention. Poster presented at Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, FL.


Awards/Funding

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2017-2018
Elsevier Travel Award (VSS Student Travel Award), 2017
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2016-2017
University of Toronto Fellowship, 2013-2016
Travel Award from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, University of Toronto, 2015
Travel Award from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, University of Toronto, 2014
Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, University of Cape Town, 2009
Academic Scholarship, University of Cape Town, 2007-2008


Neuroimaging Techniques

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Univariate analysis; multivoxel pattern analysis; fMR-adaptation); Electroencephalography (EEG)


Teaching Experience

Lectures
'Neural Representations of the Visual World Across Space and Time', 1 hour lecture, Thesis Day 2017, University of Toronto
'Sensation and Perception', 3 hour lecture, 4th year psychology course, University of Toronto
'Scene Perception', 2 hour lecture, 3rd year psychology course, University of Toronto
'Introduction to Experimental Design and Data Analysis', 2 hour lecture, 3rd year psychology course, University of Toronto
Teaching Assistant
Cognitive Neuroscience, 2017
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory, 2014, 2015, 2016
Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision, 2014, 2015
Perception and Cognition, 2014, 2016
Psychological Research Laboratory, 2013


Affiliations

Society for Neuroscience; Organization for Human Brain Mapping; Cognitive Neuroscience Society; Vision Science Society; Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science