James V. Haxby

James V. Haxby

Dartmouth College, USA

James V. Haxby


James V. Haxby is a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. Director of the Dartmouth Brain Imaging Center and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. 

After receiving his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1981, he held several clinical psychology positions at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. These included working as a research psychologist at the National Institute of Aging, and later becoming chief of the Section on Functional Brain Imaging at the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2002, Haxby started a professorship in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University, and in 2008 became the Evans Family Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, where he continues his research. 

Prof. Haxby’s scientific interests cover a range of topics in cognitive neuroscience. From publishing papers on using functional neuroimaging to investigate the cortical organization underlying visual perception and semantic memory, to proposing an influential model of face perception, his contributions to the field of cogniitve neuroscience are significant. Prof. Haxby also played a critical role in introducing machine learning to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data analysis. 

The Haxby Lab at Dartmouth began in 2008 and focuses on conducting a number of closely-related research projects on computational methods for building models of neural representation, visual neuroscience, and social cognition. Their recent publications cover the topics of how attention selectively reshapes the geometry of distributed semantic representation, and the animal responses to naturalistic clips in different task contexts. 

Selected Publications

Haxby, J. V., Hoffman, E. A., & Gobbini, M. I. (2000). The distributed human neural system for face perception. Trends in cognitive sciences4(6), 223–233.

Haxby, J. V., Gobbini, M. I., Furey, M. L., Ishai, A., Schouten, J. L., & Pietrini, P. (2001). Distributed and overlapping representations of faces and objects in ventral temporal cortex. Science (New York, N.Y.)293(5539), 2425–2430.

Norman, K. A., Polyn, S. M., Detre, G. J., & Haxby, J. V. (2006). Beyond mind-reading: multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data. Trends in cognitive sciences10(9), 424–430.

Ungerleider, L. G., & Haxby, J. V. (1994). 'What' and 'where' in the human brain. Current opinion in neurobiology4(2), 157–165.

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