Dwight Kravitz

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience; 
Affiliated Faculty: Neuroscience Institute and Mind-Brain Institute
Room 206
Address: Building GG
2125 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-6697
[email protected]


Current Research

A key goal of cognitive neuroscience is to understand the relationship between neuroanatomy (i.e. connectivity and local circuitry), experience, and neural representations. I study this relationship in using many techniques with an emphasis on human fMRI and behavior. I utilize a data-driven approach paired with many conditions allowing for the data-driven quantification of the structure of neural representations. I apply this approach in a number of domains including visual object recognition, the representation of words, concepts, and scenes, mental imagery, and working memory. I also study patient populations with deficits in these processes resulting from either brain damage or disorder (e.g. autism). Ultimately, achieving convergence between data gained from studying animals, humans, and patient populations with a variety of methods is the only way to overcome the inherent limitations of any method of studying the brain of living, behaving organisms.


Ph.D. 2006, Carnegie Mellon University


Kravitz, D.J., Saleem, K.S., Baker, C.I., Ungerleider, L., & Mishkin, M. (2013) A new neural framework for the processing of object quality. Trends in Cognitive Science. 17(1): 26-49.

Lee, S-H., Kravitz, D.J., & Baker, C.I. (2013) Goal dependent dissociation of visual and prefrontal cortices during working memory.Nature Neuroscience, 16(8): 997-99.

Robertson, C.E., Kravitz, D.J., Freyberg, J., Baron-Cohen, S., & Baker, C.I. (2013) “Tunnel Vision”: Sharper gradient of spatial attention in autism. Journal of Neuroscience. 33(16): 6776-81.

Kravitz, D. J., Peng, C.S., & Baker, C.I. (2011) Real-world scene representations in high-level visual cortex – it’s the spaces more than the places. Journal of Neuroscience 31(20): 7322-7333.

Kravitz, D. J., Saleem, K.S., Baker C.I., & Mishkin, M. (2011) A new neural framework for visuospatial processing. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 12(4): 217-30.

Kravitz, D.J. & Baker, C. I. (2011) Toward a new model of scientific publishing: discussion and a proposal. Front Comput Neurosci 5:55.: doi: 10.3389/fncom.2011.00055