Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam

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Background


  1. Research fellow, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition (01/2017-now).

  2. PostDoctoral fellow, Harvard Psychology department (2011-01/2017).

  3. Graduate student, Harvard Psychology department (2006-2011).

  4. Medical Student, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (1997-2005).

Preprints


  1. Doostani N, Hossein-Zadeh G A, Vaziri-Pashkam M, (2021) The Normalization Model Captures the Effects of Object-based Attention in the Human Visual Cortex. bioRxiv. link

  2. Yargholi E, Hossein-Zadeh G A, Vaziri-Pashkam M, (2021) Two distinct networks containing position-tolerant representations of actions in the human brain. bioRxiv. link

  3. Yaoda Xu, Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam (2020) Convolutional neural networks do not develop brain-like transformation tolerant visual representations. bioRxiv. link

  4. Lam KC, Pereira F, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Woodard K, McMahon E (2020) Understanding object affordances through verb usage patterns. arXiv:2007.04245. link

  5. Abbas-Zadeh M, Hossein-Zadeh GA, Seyed-Allaei S, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2020) Disturbance of information in superior parietal lobe during dual-task interference in a simulated driving task. bioRxiv. link


Publications


  1. Viola Mocz, Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam, Marvin Chun, Yaoda Xu (2021) Predicting identity-preserving object transformations across the human ventral visual stream. Journal of Neuroscience, in press. link

  2. Yaoda Xu, Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam (2021) Examining the coding strength of object identity and nonidentity features in human occipito-temporal cortex and convolutional neural networks. Journal of Neuroscience, 41(19), 4234-4252. link

  3. McMahon E, Kim D, Mehr SA, Nakayama K, Spelke E, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2021) The ability to predict actions of others from distributed cues is still developing in children. Journal of Vision, 21(5), 14-14. link

  4. Xu Y, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2021) Limits to visual representational correspondence between convolutional neural networks and the human brain. Nature Communications, 12, 2065. link

  5. Abbas-Zadeh M, Hossein-Zadeh GA, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2021) Dual-task Interference in a Simulated Driving Environment: Serial or Parallel Processing? Frontiers in psychology, 11 link

  6. Hart Y, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Mahadevan L (2020) Early warning signals in motion inference. PloS Computational Biology, 16(5), e1007821. link

  7. Shafaei R, Bahrami B, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2020) Effect of Perceived Interpersonal Closeness on the Joint Simon Effect in Adolescents and Adults. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-10. link

  8. Xu Y, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2019) Task modulation of the 2-pathway characterization of occipitotemporal and posterior parietal visual object representations. Neuropsychologia, 132, 107140. link

  9. McMahon EG, Zheng CY, Pereira F, Gonzalez R, Ungerleider LG, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2019) Subtle predictive movements reveal actions regardless of social context. Journal of vision, 19(7), 16. link

  10. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y (2019) An information-driven 2-pathway characterization of occipitotemporal and posterior parietal visual object representations. Cerebral Cortex, 29, 2034-2050. link

  11. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Taylor JM, Xu Y (2019) Spatial frequency tolerant visual object representations in the human ventral and dorsal visual processing pathways. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(1): 49-63. link

  12. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y (2017) Goal-directed visual processing differentially impacts human ventral and dorsal visual representations. Journal of Neuroscience, 3392-16. link

  13. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Cormiea S, Nakayama K (2017)  Predicting actions from subtle preparatory movements. Cognition, 168: 65–75. link

  14. Tadayon SE, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Kahali P, Ansari M, Abbasian A (2016)  Common Genetic Variant in VIT Is Associated with Human Brain Asymmetry. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 10. link

  15. Naber M, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Nakayama K (2013) Unintended imitation affects success in a competitive game. PNAS, 110(50): 20046-20050.

  16. Garrido L, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Nakayama K, Wilmer J (2013) The consequences of subtracting the mean pattern in fMRI multivariate correlation analyses. Frontiers in neuroscience, 7. link

  17. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Cavanagh P (2011)  Effect of speed overestimation on flash lag effect at low luminance. i-Perception, 2: 1063-1075. link

  18. Holcombe A, Linares D, Vaziri-Pashkam M (2011) Perceiving spatial relations via attentional tracking and shifting. Current Biology, 21(13): 1135-1139.

  19. Afraz A, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Cavanagh P (2010) Spatial heterogeneity in the perception of face and form attributes. Current Biology, 20(23): 2112-6.

  20. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Cavanagh P (2008) Apparent speed increases at low luminance. Journal of Vision, 8(16): 9,1-12. link

  21. No’doust B, Afraz SR, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Esteky H (2006) Attentive Object Tracking Across Vertical Meridian in a Split Brain Patient. Brain Research  1076: 177-86.

  22. Afraz SR, Kiani R, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Esteky H (2004) Motion Induced Overestimation of the Number of Items in a Display. Perception, 33: 915-925.

  23. Rajimehr R, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Afraz SR, Esteky H (2004) Adaptation to apparent motion in crowded condition. Vision Research, 44(9): 925-31.

  24. Afraz SR, Montaser-Kouhsari L, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Moradi F (2003) Interhemispheric visual interaction in a patient with posterior callosectomy. Neuropsychologia, 41(5): 597-604.


Selected Conference Presentations


  1. Yargholi E, Hossein-Zadeh GA, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Two networks containing Position-invariant representation of actions in the human brain. Vision Sciences Society, Virtual conference, May 2021. 

  2. Doustani-Desfooli N, Hossein-Zadeh GA, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Normalization model predicts fMRI responses during object-based attention in the human visual cortex. Vision Sciences Society, Virtual conference, May 2021. 

  3. L Ettensohn, Ungerleider L, Baker C, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Exploring the mental representation of observed grasp actions. Vision Sciences Society, Virtual conference, May 2021. 

  4. Contier O, Hebart M, Dickter A, Tiechmann L, Kidder A, Corriveau A, Zheng C, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Baker C, THINGS-fMRI/MEG: A large-scale multimodal neuroimaging dataset of responses to natural object images. Vision Sciences Society, Virtual conference, May 2021. 

  5. Woodard K, McMahon EG, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Ungerleider L, Similarity of objects based on the way they are grasped. Vision Sciences Society, Virtual conference, June 2020. 

  6. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Woodard K, Ungerleider L, Representations for grasp-relevant parts of objects in the human intraparietal sulcus. Vision Sciences Society, Virtual conference, June 2020. 

  7. Roberts S, Ungerleider L, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Motion-defined object category responses in the human brain. Vision Sciences Society, Virtual conference, June 2020. 

  8. Mocz V, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Chun M, Xu Y, Transformations of object representations across the human visual processing hierarchy. Society for Neuroscience, Chicaho IL, October 2019.

  9. Xu Y & Vaziri-Pashkam M, Goal-directed processing modulates the 2-pathway characterization of occipitotemporal and posterior parietal visual object representations. Society for Neuroscience, Chicaho IL, October 2019.

  10. Xu Y & Vaziri-Pashkam M, Comparing visual object representational similarity in convolutional neural networks and the human ventral visual regions. Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, FL, USA, May 2019.

  11. McMahon E, Gonzalez R, Nakayama K, Ungerleider L, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Humans and Machine Learning Classifiers Can Predict the Goal of an Action Regardless of Social Motivations of the Actor. Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, FL, USA, May 2019.

  12. Xu Y, Taylor JM, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Probing mixed selectivity with fMRI voxel analysis. Vision Sciences Society, St Pete Beach, FL, USA, May 2018.

  13. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Kim D, Mehr S, Nakayama K, Spelke E, Children can predict actions from subtle preparatory movements, but not as well as adults. Fall Vision Conference, Washington DC., October 2017.

  14. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y, Spatial frequency tolerant object representations in the ventral and dorsal visual processing pathways. Vision Sciences Society, Naples Fl. USA, May 2017.

  15. Xu Y, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Rediscovering the ventral and dorsal pathways of visual information processing. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego CA. USA, November 2016.

  16. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Cormiea S, Gonzalez R, Subtle preparatory movements reveal future actions. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego CA. USA, November 2016.

  17. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y, Effect of Attention on Object Responses in Human Parietal and Occipital-temporal Cortices: Similarities and Differences. Vision Sciences Society, Naples Fl. USA, May 2016.

  18. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Cormiea S, Nakayama K, Predicting future actions. Society for the Neural Control of Movement, Montego Bay, Jamaica, April 2016.

  19. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y, Attentional modulation of object category decoding in human parietal and occipito-temporal regions. Society for Neuroscience, Chicaho IL. USA, October 2015.

  20. Cormiea S, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Nakayama K, Unconscious perception of an opponent's goal. Society for Neuroscience, Chicaho IL. USA, October 2015.

  21. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y, Object representations in human parietal and occipito-temporal cortices: similarities and differences. Vision Sciences Society, Naples Fl. USA, May 2015.

  22. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y, Decoding invariant visual object representations in human parietal cortex. Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC. USA, November 2014.

  23. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y, Decoding visual object representation in human parietal cortex. Vision Sciences Society, Naples Fl. USA, May 2014.

  24. Cormiea S, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Nakayama K, Fast mirroring of an opponent's action in a competitive game. Vision Sciences Society, Naples Fl. USA, May 2014.

  25. Nakayama K, Vaziri-Pashkam M, Naber M, Unconscious mimicry limits success in a competitive visual reaching task. Vision Sciences Society, Naples Fl. USA, May 2013.

  26. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Xu Y, Contribution of human parietal cortex to conceptual categorization. Vision Sciences Society, Naples Fl. USA, May 2013.

  27. Vaziri-Pashkam M, Bettencourt P, Xu Y, Contribution of human parietal cortex to object categorization under uncertainty. Society for Neuroscience, NewOrleans, US, October 2012.


Honors and awards


  1. 2020 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)

  2. 2011 Viberlib prize for best demonstration at the Demo night of the Vision Sciences Society.

  3. 2010 Harvard University dissertation completion fellowship.

  4. 2006 Harvard University tuition and fellowship award.


Reviewer for


  1. PNAS, Nature Human Behaviour, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroimage, Neurpsychologia, Journal of Vision, Vision Research, Journal of Experimental Psychology: HPP, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Cognition, Attention Perception and Psychophysics, ERC synergy grants, and Computational Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) conference.