Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam


I am a cognitive neuroscientist, interested in the intersection of visual cognition and action. I have an M.D. from Tehran Medical University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Harvard University. I am currently a research fellow with Dr. Chris Baker at the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition.

The main theme of my research is to understand “vision for action”. Using behavioral experiments in naturalistic settings, body movement tracking, and neuroimaging, with a strong emphasis on computational methods, I explore the processing of visual information during natural interactions in two domains: 1) the processing of object shapes for action; and 2) the processing of others’ body movements during social interactions. My research, connecting the study of body movements and explorations of visual cognition, aims to delineate the neural underpinnings and the underlying computations of vision for action, to provide a deeper understanding of visual processing that applies to more naturalistic everyday settings.

MD, PhD, Research fellow