Headshot portrait of Dylan Cable - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Mathematics
Supported by: Vicky Rogers
Mentor: Justin Gardner, Psychology

Imagine you are at a baseball game: you hear the crack of the bat and the crowd cheer, and you catch a glimpse of the ball moving out of the park. You would be able to report high confidence of the ball moving out of the park, and this confidence would be well rooted not in your visual evidence of the ball moving, but rather in a strong prior expectation that when balls are hit, they move out of the park. Dylan’s project aims to dissect these two sources of confidence (prior expectations and sensory evidence) using a behavioral experiment in which a subject’s perception is biased by their priors.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Inferring Orientation Tuning from fMRI Data with the Forward Encoding Model Suffers from Biased Estimation

Dylan Cable1, Taosheng Liu2, Justin L. Gardner1
[Department of Psychology1, Stanford University; Department of Psychology2, Michigan State University]