Center for Visual Cognition (CVC) is located at the Department of Psychology of the University of Copenhagen. The Center was founded in 1993 and is currently a unit (Center for Integrated Visual Attention Research) under the Center of Excellence Programme of the University of Copenhagen. The experimental research is focused on visual attention, object recognition, formation and transformation of mental images, and perception of apparent movement. At CVC, visual cognition is investigated by a combination of different methods: experimental techniques from cognitive psychology and psychophysics, mathematical modeling and computer simulation, and analysis of brain activation during performance of visual tasks (functional imaging by use of EEG and related techniques). Researchers at the Center have invented an influential mathematical model for visual attention (Theory of Visual Attention, TVA) and interpreted the model as a neurophysiological theory (a Neural Theory of Visual Attention, NTVA). The model is used for investigating basic attentional deficits associated with conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and ADHD. Furthermore, the theoretical work also comprises a computational model of visual recognition (a Template-Matching Pandemonium, TMP).
The Center has been supported by major grants from several sources: a grant from the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization to a collaborative project: "Brain mechanisms of visual selection" with John Duncan, Glyn Humphreys, Steven Hillyard, Robert Desimone, Toshio Inui, and Guy Orban; a grant from the Danish Research Councils for the Natural Sciences, Medicine, the Humanities, and the Technical Sciences to the project: "Vision and the brain: Psychophysical, neurobiological, and computational studies" with Olaf B. Paulson and Ian Law; a grant from the Danish Research Council for the Natural Sciences to the project: "Computing natural shape" with Peter Johansen and others; a grant from the Danish Research Council for the Humanities to the project "Visual cognition" conducted by the staff at the Center in collaboration with John Duncan, Gordon D. Logan, Leo Chelazzi, and others; a grant from the Strategic Research Council for establishing a Center for Computational Cognitive Modeling in collaboration with the Intelligent Signal Processing Group at the Danish Technical University; and a grant from the Centre of Excellence Program at the University of Copenhagen.