Dirk Bernhardt-Walther

Associate Professor
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 4040, 100 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3


Fields of Study


Having been trained as a physicist and computer scientist, Dirk Bernhardt-Walther earned a Ph.D. in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology in 2006, working with Christof Koch on modeling visual attention and object recognition. After a brief stint at York University in Toronto he became a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he worked with Diane Beck and Fei-Fei Li on natural scene perception and on decoding natural scene categories from fMRI data. From 2010 until 2014, Dr. Bernhardt-Walther was an Assistant Professor of Psychology and from 2012 until 2014 Associate Director of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences at The Ohio State University. In 2014, he moved to the University of Toronto, where he is now Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. In his work Dirk aims to decipher the neural mechanisms that underlie the perception of complex real-world scenes. He also works on advancing methods for multivariate analysis of neuroimaging data.


PhD, California Institute of Technology
M.Phil, University of Cambridge