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Dr Erin Goddard

BSc USyd, PhD USyd.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Office : 3.403
Phone : +61 2 9850 2938
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : erin.goddard@mq.edu.au
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6601-6855

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Macquarie University

Profile

In my research I aim to understand the neural responses that underlie perceptual experience, with a focus on mid-level visual processing. I seek to understand and model the relationships between image statistics in the natural environment, the response properties of individual neurons, the information carried by a population of neurons, and perceptual experience. During my PhD thesis, I conducted experiments to better understand the neural mechanisms involved in colour vision, including colour constancy, the cortical transformation of colour information relayed from subcortical areas, and the organisation of colour responsive areas in human visual cortex. Since my PhD I have worked on projects related to transparency perception, object perception, visual attention and motion perception. I believe that many of the most interesting advances in visual neuroscience arise from combining complementary methodologies, and I have sought to apply complementary approaches in my experimental designs, including psychophysical techniques, computational modelling and neuroimaging (fMRI and MEG). I also have experience in analysing multi-unit electrophysiological data that was collected by collaborators.

Awards

  • Bosch Institute's Bercovici Prize for the best scienti c paper written by a postgraduate research student (2010), Goddard, E.
  • Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology Best Student Presentation Prize (2010), Goddard, E.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme (2017) "Characterising the dynamics of remembered object representations in the posteromedial cortex during a visuospatial working memory task." Goddard, E., Irish, M., Contini, E., Carlson, T., & Piguet, O. ($7,940)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Carlson, T., Goddard, E., Kaplan, D.M., Klein, C., & Ritchie, J.B. (In Press). Ghosts in machine learning for cognitive neuroscience: Moving from data to theory. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.08.019
  • Goddard, E. (2017). A step towards understanding the human ventral visual pathway. Journal of Neurophysiology, 117(3), 872-875. doi:10.1152/jn.00358.2016
  • Goddard, E., Klein, C., Solomon, S.G., Hogendoorn, H., & Carlson, T.A. (In Press). Interpreting the dimensions of neural feature representations revealed by dimensionality reduction. NeuroImage. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.06.068
  • Goddard, E., Solomon, S.G., & Carlson, T.A. (2017). Dynamic population codes of multiplexed stimulus features in primate area MT. Journal of Neurophysiology, 118(1), 203-218. doi:10.1152/jn.00954.2016
  • Goddard, E., Carlson, T.A., Dermody, N., & Woolgar, A. (2016). Representational dynamics of object recognition: Feedforward and feedback information flows. NeuroImage, 128, 385–397. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.01.006
  • Goddard, E., & Cliff ord, C.W.G. (2013). A new type of change blindness: Smooth, isoluminant color changes are monitored on a coarse spatial scale. Journal of Vision, 13(5), 20. doi:10.1167/13.5.20
  • Goddard, E., Mannion, D.M., McDonald, J.S., Solomon, S.G., & Cli fford, C.W.G. (2011). Color responsiveness argues against a dorsal component of human V4. Journal of Vision, 11(4), 3.
  • Goddard, E., Solomon, S.G., & Cli fford, C.W.G. (2010). Adaptable mechanisms sensitive to surface color in human vision. Journal of Vision, 10(9), 17. doi:10.1167/10.9.17

Published Abstracts

  • Contini, E., Williams, M.A., Grootswagers, T., Goddard, E., & Carlson, T. (2016). Dichotomy versus continuum: Evidence for a more complex agency model of visual object categorisation [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 16, 252. doi:10.1167/16.12.252
  • Goddard, E., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2014). Cortical processing of surface colour and translucency [Abstract]. i-Perception, 5(4), 422. [Link]
  • Goddard, E., & Cli fford, C.W. (2013). Neural correlates of transparency perception [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. [Link]
  • Goddard, E., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2012). Profound change blindness for uninterrupted, stationary stimuli [Abstract]. Combined Abstracts of 2012 Australian Psychology Conferences.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Goddard, E., Solomon, S.G., & Carlson, T.A. (2016, November). Dynamics of population codes of stimulus features in primate area MT. Poster session presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, USA.
  • Goddard, E., Carlson, T.A., & Woolgar, A. (2016, July). Spatial and feature-based attention have different effects on population-level tuning. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Conference on Vision (APCV 2016), Fremantle.
  • Contini, E., Williams, M.A., Grootswagers, T., Goddard, E., & Carlson, T. (2016, May). Dichotomy versus continuum: Evidence for a more complex agency model of visual object categorisation. Poster session presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, USA. [Link]
  • Goddard, E., Solomon, S., & Carlson, T. (2016, April). Dynamics of population codes in primate area MT. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Goddard, E., Solomon, S.G., & Carlson, T.A. (2015, December). Dynamic encoding of motion and form in population response of primate area MT. Poster session presented at the 20th Christmas Meeting of the Applied Vision Association, London, UK.
  • Goddard, E., Solomon, S.G., & Carlson, T.A. (2015, December). Dynamics of population coding of directions and orientation in marmoset area MT. Paper presented at the UWS Sensory Neuroscience Symposium, Sydney.
  • Contini, E., Carlson, T., Goddard, E., Grootswagers, T., & Williams, M. (2015, November). Dichotomy versus continuum: A pilot study evaluating the representational space of object categories in the brain. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Contini, E., Williams, M., Goddard, E., Grootswagers, T., & Carlson, T. (2015, November). Evaluating subcategory representations in visual object recognition using magnetoencephalography. Poster session presented at the 5th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference, Auckland, NZ.
  • Carlson, T.A., Goddard, E., Hogendoorn, H., Solomon, S.S., & Solomon, S.G. (2015, October). Decoding feature spaces in primate MT: An evaluation of multivariate pattern analysis methods. Poster session presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, USA.
  • Contini, E., Carlson, T., Goddard, E., Grootswagers, T., & Williams, M. (2015, July). Dichotomy versus continuum: A pilot study evaluating the representational space of object categories in the brain. Poster session presented at the Swinburne Brain Imaging Symposium 2015, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
  • Goddard, E., Carlson, T.A., Dermody, N., & Woolgar, A. (2015, July). Representational dynamics of object recognition: The effects of image statistics and task difficulty. Paper presented at the Swinburne Brain Imaging Symposium, Melbourne.
  • Goddard, E., Carlson, T., Dermody, N., & Woolgar, A. (2015, April). Temporal dynamics of object processing: The impact of spatial frequency content and task difficulty on multi-sensor object coding in MEG. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Goddard, E. (2014, July). Neural correlates of the perception of overlapping layers of colour. Invited paper presented at the Research Institute of Electrical Communication (RIEC) International Symposium on Perception and Communication, Sendai, Japan.
  • Goddard, E., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2014, July). Cortical processing of surface colour and translucency. Paper presented at the 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Vision, Takamatsu, Japan.
  • Goddard, E., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2013, December). The neural correlates of transparency perception. Paper presented at the 4th UWS Sensory Neuroscience Symposium, Sydney.
  • Goddard, E., & Clifford, C.W.G. (2012, April). Profound change blindness for uninterrupted, stationary stimuli. Paper presented at the 39th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.

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