Kalanit Grill-Spector

Susan S. and William H. Hindle Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences

Academic Appointments
Professor, Psychology
Member, Bio-X
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Reviewing Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2020 - Present)
Reviewing Editor, PLoS Biology (2018 - 2018)
Editor, Neuropsychologia (2016 - 2018)
Editor, Journal of Vision (2008 - 2012)
Editorial Board, NeuroImage (2005 - 2008)
Honors & Awards
R21 EY030588 Neuroimaging and histological investigations of human visual cortex development, National Eye Institute (2019-2021)
Neural investigations of face perception and attention using population receptive field modeling., National Science Foundation (2018-2021)
Wu Tsai Big Idea: NeuroDevelopment, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University (2018-2021)
R01EY023915 Functional-neuroanatomy of High-level Visual Cortex: A Quantitative Multimodal Approach, National Eye Institute (2014-2023)
Stanford Arts Institute's artsCatalyst grant, Stanford University (2013, 2014)
RO1EY022318 Development of face perception: Cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations., National Eye Institute (2012-2023)
VPUE grant for introducing new technologies to undergraduate education, Stanford University (2012)
R01 EY019279 MRI and behavioral studies of unsupervised learning in high level visual cortex, National Eye Institute (2009-2015)
BCS 0920865 Face perception: mapping psychological spaces to neural responses, National Science Foundation (2009-2013)
BCS 0617688: Neural Correlates of Maturation of Face Processing, National Science Foundation (2006-2010)
Kalanit Grill-Spector is a Professor in Psychology and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. Her research examines how the brain processes visual information and perceives it. She uses functional imaging techniques to visualize the living brain in action and understand how it functions to recognize people, objects and places. Additionally, she investigates how the anatomical and functional properties of the brain change from infancy to childhood through adulthood, and how this development is related to improved visual recognition abilities.

She received her PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and was a postdoctoral fellow in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT before joining Stanford University. She has received several awards and honors including the Human Sciences Frontier Fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, and the Klingenstein Fellowship in Neuroscience. She has served as an Editor for the Journal of Vision and Neuropsychologia. Presently, she has an active and diverse laboratory at the Psychology Department at Stanford University, she is a leader on the Wu Tsai Big idea project on Neurodevelopment, a board member of the Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging at Stanford University, she served as director of the graduate studies in the Department of Psychology from 2017-2021, and is presently the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.


Research Interests