Tirta Susilo

Courses

Teaching in 2018

Qualifications

BEng Parahyangan Catholic University, BSc (Hons) University of Queensland, PhD Australian National University

Vision and Cognition Lab

Tirta leads the Vision and Cognition Lab, please visit their website for more information on their current research.

Research interests

My students and I investigate how people recognise visual objects, with a focus on faces. We want to understand the cognitive and neural processes underlying face recognition, how they develop across the lifespan, how they are shaped by experience, and what happens when they don't work normally. Our research takes a cognitive neuroscience approach and combines the methods of psychophysics, individual differences, eye tracking, and brain stimulation.

We are particularly interested in prosopagnosia or face blindness, namely the inability to recognise faces despite normal vision, memory, and broader social skills. People with prosopagnosia frequently fail to recognise faces they have seen many times, including those of friends and family. Prosopagnosia is usually lifelong, but in rare cases it can be caused by brain injury or brain disease. About 1 in 50 people have prosopagnosia, so if you think you or someone you know might have it please let us know.

Selected publications

Selected publications

Courses

Teaching in 2018