About Me

Radoslaw Martin Cichy
Neural Dynamics of Visual Cognition Group
Department of Education and Psychology
Freie Universität Berlin



I am investigating human visual cognition. At the core of my interest is the question of object recognition: how the brain distills out of the stream of photons hitting the retina a percept of the world consisting of meaningful objects?

I take a broad theoretical approach to address this question. Object recognition shows complex interactions with other core cognitive function of such as attention and language. I thus investigate the neural basis of these interactions. I further wonder how object perception comes about in development, and how plastic its underlying machinery is in individuals with blindness.

To gain a new perspective on the brain I strive for methodological and analytical innovation. In particular, I use a combination of methods (fMRI, M/EEG, deep neural networks, behavioral assessment), and analyze data in an integrated framework using machine learning techniques and multivariate analysis methods.

In this endeavor I have the pleasure to collaborate with a great set of scientist towards this goal in my lab.


Kaiser D, Häberle G, Cichy RM (2019) Cortical Sensitivity to Natural Scene Structure. boiRxiv: 10.1101/613885. bioRxiv

Kietzmann T,Courtney JS, Sörensen L, Cichy RM, Hauk O, Kriegeskorte N (2019). Recurrence required to capture the dynamic computations of the human ventral visual stream. arXiv: 1903:05946. arXiv

accepted or in press



Cichy RM, Kriegeskorte N, Jozwik K, van den Bosch JJF, Charest I (2019) The spatiotemporal neural dynamics underlying perceived similarity for real-world objects. Neuroimage 194: 12-24. bioRxiv pdf

Cichy RM, Kaiser D (2019) Deep neural networks as scientific models. TrendsCognSci 4: 305-317; doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2019.01.009. article

Ambrus GG*, Kaiser D*, Cichy RM, Kovács G (2019) The neural dynamics of familiar face recognition. CerebCortex bhz010; doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhz010. article bioRxiv

Mohsenzadeh Y, Mullin C, Lahner B, Cichy RM, Oliva A (2018) Reliability and Generalizability of Similarity-Based Fusion of MEG and fMRI Data in Human Ventral and Dorsal Visual Streams. Vision 3(1), 8; doi: 10.3390/vision30100081526. article biorXiv


Kaiser D, Cichy RM (2018) Typical visual-field locations facilitate access to awareness for everyday objects. Cognition 180: 118-122; doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2018.07.009. article bioRxiv data

Khaligh-Razavi SM, Cichy RM, Pantazis D, Oliva A (2018) Tracking the spatiotemporal neural dynamics of real-world object size and animacy in the human brain. JCognNeurosci 30(11): 1559-1576; doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01290.

Grootswager T, Cichy RM, Carlson T (2018) Finding decodable information that is read out in behaviour. Neuroimage 179: 252-262, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.06.022. article bioRxiv

Chen Y, Cichy RM, Stennat W, Haynes JD (2018) Scale-specific analysis of fMRI data on the irregular cortical surface. Neuroimage 181: 370-381; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.07.002. article bioRxiv

Pantazis D, Fang M, Qin S, Mohsenzadeh Y, Li Q, Cichy RM (2018) Decoding the orientation of contrast edges from MEG evoked and induced responses. Neuroimage 180:267-279; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.07.022. article bioRxiv

Hebart MN, Bankson BB, Harel A, Baker CI*, Cichy RM* (2018) The representational dynamics of task and object processing in humans. eLife 2018;7:e32816, doi: 10.7554/eLife.32816. article bioRxiv

Kaiser D, Cichy RM (2018) Typical visual-field locations enhance processing in object-selective channels of human occipital cortex. JNeurophys; doi: 10.1152/jn.00229.2018. article data

Kaiser D, Moeskops MM, Cichy RM (2018) Typical real-world locations impact the time course of object coding. Neuroimage 176: 372:379; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.05.0066. article bioRxiv data

Guggenmos G, Sterzer P, Cichy RM (2018) Multivariate pattern analysis for MEG: a comprehensive comparison of dissimilarity measures. Neuroimage, 173: 434-447; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.02.044. matlab&python_tutorial bioRxiv article

Mohsenzadeh Y, Qin S, Cichy RM, Pantazis D (2018) Ultra-Rapid serial visual presentation reveals dynamics of feedforward and feedback processes in the ventral visual pathway. eLife 2018;7:e36329; doi: 10.7554/eLife.36329. article bioRxiv


Cichy RM, Pantazis D (2017) Multivariate pattern analysis of MEG and EEG: a comparison of representational structure in time and space. Neuroimage, 158:441-454. article bioRxiv data

Cichy RM, Teng S (2017) Resolving the neural dynamics of visual and auditory scene processing in the human brain: a methodological approach PhilTransRSocB, doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0108. pdf

Cichy RM, Khosla A, Pantazis D , Oliva A (2017) Dynamics of scene representations in the human brain revealed by magnetoencephalography and deep neural networks Neuroimage, 153:346-358, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.03.063. article project_page biorxiv


Cichy RM, Pantazis D, Oliva A (2016) Similarity-based fusion of MEG and fMRI reveals spatio-temporal dynamics in human cortex during visual object recognition Cereb Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw135. pdf project_page biorxiv

Cichy RM, Khosla A, Pantazis D, Torralba A, Oliva A (2016) Comparison of deep neural networks to spatio-temporal cortical dynamics of human visual object recognition reveals hierarchical correspondence SciReports, 6:27755. doi: 10.1038/srep27755. article project_page arxiv

Cichy RM, Pantazis D (2015) Can visual information encoded in cortical columns be decoded from magnetoencephalography data in humans? Neuroimage 121:193-204, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.07.011. pdf tics-spotlight arXiv


Guggenmos M, Thoma V, Haynes JD, Richardson-Klavehn A, Cichy RM*, Sterzer P* (2015) Spatial attention enhances object coding in local and distributed representations of the lateral occipital complex. Neuroimage 116:149:157, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.04.004. pdf

Guggenmos M, Thoma V, Cichy RM, Haynes, JD, Sterzer P, Richardson-Klavehn R (2015) Non-holistic coding of objects in lateral occipital complex with and without attention. Neuroimage 107: 356-363; doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.013. article

Christophel TB, Cichy RM, Hebart MN, Haynes JD (2015) Parietal and early visual cortices encodes working memory across mental transformations. Neuroimage 106: 198-206, doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.11.018. article


Cichy RM, Pantazis D, Oliva A (2014) Resolving human object recognition in space and time. Nat Neurosci 17(3):455-62, doi: 10.1038/NN.3635. pdf news&views news project_page

Ramirez F, Cichy RM, Allefeld C, Haynes JD (2014) The neural code for face orientation in the human fusiform face area. J Neurosci 34(36):12155-67, doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3156-13.2014. pdf

2013 and before (selected)

Cichy RM, Sterzer P, Heinzle J, Haynes JD (2013) Probing principles of large-scale object representation: category preference and location encoding. Hum Brain Mapp 34(7):1636-51. pdf

Cichy RM, Heinzle J, Haynes JD (2012) Imagery and perception share cortical representations of content and location. Cereb Cortex 22(2):372-80. pdf

Cichy RM, Chen Y, Haynes, JD (2011) Encoding the identity and location of objects in human LOC. Neuroimage 54(3):2297-307. pdf

Schmidt S, Cichy RM, Kraft A, Brocke J, Irlbacher K, Brandt SA. (2009) An initial transient-state and reliable measure of corticospinal excitability in TMS studies. Clin Neurophysiol 120(5):987-93. pdf

* shared authorship