Matteo Visconti di Oleggio Castello, Ph.D.

I’m a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, working in Jack Gallant’s lab. I’m interested in how our brains build and represent meaning from the world around us. My current research focuses on how these representations differ between people.

To study these questions, I build computational models to predict brain activity when we watch movies, listen to stories, or interact with each other. Then I break these models apart, and see if I can learn something interesting about the brain.

Before coming to Berkeley, I received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth, working with Ida Gobbini and Jim Haxby. At Darmouth, I studied how our brains represent the identity of our friends and colleagues. I used psychophysics and fMRI to study familiar face perception.


Nov 3, 2021 My PhD work on face perception with Ida Gobbini and Jim Haxby is now published in PNAS
Sep 13, 2021 We gave a Keynote+Tutorial at CCN2021 on Voxelwise Modeling. The recording is available on youtube.
Feb 9, 2021 The paper describing the Open Brain Consent initiative is now published in Human Brain Mapping.
Nov 27, 2020 New preprint describing a new hyperalignment method: hybrid hyperalignment.
Nov 10, 2020 The paper describing the Grand Budapest Hotel dataset was published in Scientific Data.