Dr. Katharina Dobs

Katharina Dobs


Giessen University FB 06 Psychology and Sports-Science
Otto-Behagel-Str., 10F
35394 Giessen, Germany

+49 (0)641 99 26 108 +49 (0)641 99 26 119 room 304 send e-mail visit website


From a brief glimpse of a complex scene, we recognize people and objects, their relationships to each other, and the overall gist of the scene – all within a few hundred milliseconds and with no apparent effort. What are the computations underlying this remarkable ability and how are they implemented in the brain?

My current research addresses these questions by bridging recent advances in machine learning with human behavioral and neural data to provide a computationally precise account of how visual recognition works in humans. Specifically, we leverage the recent successes in artificial neural networks of vision to address long-standing questions concerning human visual perception and the functional organization of the human visual cortex.

project-related publications
Dobs, K., Martinez, J., Kell, A. J. E., Kanwisher, N. (2022). Dobs, K., Martinez, J., Kell, A. J., & Kanwisher, N. (2022). Brain-like functional specialization emerges spontaneously in deep neural networks. Science advances, 8(11), eabl8913. find paper
Dobs, K., Yuan, J., Martinez, J., & Kanwisher, N. (2023). Behavioral signatures of face perception emerges in deep neural networks optimized for face recognition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120 (32), e2220642120. find paper DOI
Kanwisher, N., Gupta, P., & Dobs, K. (2023). CNNs Reveal the Computational Implausibility of the Expertise Hypothesis. iScience, 105976. find paper
Kanwisher, N., Khosla, M., & Dobs, K. (2023). Using artificial neural networks to ask ‘why’ questions of minds and brains. Trends in Neurosciences, 46, 72-88. find paper
former project-related publications
Dobs, K., Bülthoff, I., & Schultz, J. (2016). Identity information content depends on the type of facial movement. Scientific Reports, 6(34301), 1-9. find paper
Dobs, K., Bülthoff, I., & Schultz, J. (2018). Use and usefulness of dynamic face stimuli for face perception studies—A review of behavioral findings and methodology. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 1355. find paper
Dobs, K., Isik, L., Pantazis, D., & Kanwisher, N. (2019a). How face perception unfolds over time. Nature Communications, 10, 1258. find paper
Dobs, K., Kell, A., Palmer, I., Cohen, M., & Kanwisher, N. (2019). Why Are Face and Object Processing Segregated in the Human Brain? Testing Computational Hypotheses with Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience (CCN), Berlin, Germany. find paper
Dobs, K., Ma, W. J., & Reddy, L. (2017). Near-optimal integration of facial form and motion. Scientific Reports, 7(1):11002, 1-9. find paper
Dobs, K., Schultz, J., Bülthoff, I., & Gardner, J.L. (2018). Task-dependent enhancement of facial expression and identity representations in human cortex. NeuroImage, 172, 689-702. find paper