Ipek Oruc


  • New York University Ph.D. Psychology, Cognition and Perception 2003
  • Bogazici University, Turkey M.S. Computer Science 1999
  • Bogazici University, Turkey B.S. Computer Science 1997


  • Visual perception of high level form
  • Face and object recognition
  • Psychophysics, fMRI, EEG
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Research Interests

We study visual recognition of high level forms such as faces, letters and objects.

Our purpose is to advance our understanding of the brain processes responsible for visual recognition and the nature of neural disruptions that impact high-level visual function. We use a wide variety of methodologies from behavioral and psychophysical experimentation, to computational modeling, and neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG).

Potential applications of this line of research include methods to improve performance in everyday tasks, such as reading, and rehabilitation paradigms to restore normal function in cases of impaired recognition due to brain injury such as prosopagnosia, or developmental disorders such as dyslexia and autism spectrum disorder.

Selected Publications

Lai, M., Oruc, I., Barton, J.J.S. (2013). The role of skin texture and facial shape in representations of age and identity. Cortex, 48 (1), 252-265.

Pichler, P., Dosani, M, Oruc, I., Barton, J.J.S. (2012). The nature of upright and inverted face representations: an adaptation-transfer study of configuration. Cortex, (48) 6, 725-736.

Lai, M., Oruc, I., Barton, J.J.S. (2012). Facial age after-effects show partial identity invariance and transfer from hands to faces. Cortex, 48 (4), 477-486.

Oruc, I., Krigolson, O., Dalrymple, K., Nagamatsu, L., Handy, T., Barton, J.J.S. (2011). Bootstrap analysis of the single subject with event related potentials. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 28 (5), 322-337.

Dalrymple, K., Oruc, I., Duchaine, B., Pancaroglu, R., Fox C., Iaria, G., Handy, T., Barton, J.J.S. (2011). The neuroanatomic basis of the face-selective N170 in acquired prosopagnosia: A combined ERP/fMRI study. Neuropsychologia 49: 2553-2563.

Oruc, I., Barton, J.J.S. (2011). Adaptation improves discrimination of face identity. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 278, 1718: 2591-2597.

Oruc, I., Guo, X.M., Barton, J.J.S. (2011). Gender in Facial Representations: A Contrast-Based Study of Adaptation within and between the Sexes. PLoS ONE, 6(1): e16251.

Oruc, I., Barton, J.J.S. (2010). Critical frequencies in the perception of letters, faces, and novel shapes: evidence for limited scale-invariance for faces. Journal of Vision, 10 (12):20, 1-12.

Oruc, I., Barton, J.J.S. (2010). A novel face aftereffect based on recognition contrast thresholds. Vision Research, 50: 1845-1854.

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