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Brian Keane, Ph.D.

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Dr. Keane is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center with additional affiliations in Neuroscience, Brain and Cognitive Science, and Center for Visual Science. He employs behavioral psychophysics and functional neuroimaging to investigate visual object perception – both how it goes right in healthy people and how it becomes disturbed in those with psychosis. Dr. Keane obtained a doctoral degree from the University of California in Psychology, a doctoral degree in Analytic Philosophy from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts Triple Major (Physics & Astronomy, Spanish, Philosophy) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Keane has published over 40 peer reviewed works in clinical and non-clinical outlets and has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants including a K01 Mentored Career Development award, an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship, an ICOSR Young Investigator Award, a UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, and an APA Dissertation Research Award.


Dr. Keane investigates how the visual system transforms spatiotemporally fragmented retinal images into discrete representations of objects and how this transformation becomes compromised among those with psychosis. This question is approached with behavioral psychophysics and resting-state and task-based functional MRI. Dr. Keane has co-developed relatively simple visual tasks that can briefly and non-invasively elicit large visual impairments in schizophrenia patients; such impairments are linked to a variety of clinical variables such as conceptual disorganization, premorbid functioning, and illness duration. Over the years, Dr. Keane has also written on foundational questions in cognitive science that are related to object perception, such as conditions under which visual grouping becomes malleable by higher-order thought or the best way to characterize the content of sensory representations.



Bachelor of Arts | University of Pittsburgh, PA, University Honors College
Physics & Astronomy, Spanish, Philosophy (intensive)

Doctor of Philosophy | Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Doctor of Philosophy | University of California, Los Angeles

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

10/2009 - 10/2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ, University Behavioral Health Care, Center for Cognitive Science.


Rutgers/RBHS Travel Award
Sponsor: Rutgers University

2013 - 2016
NIH/NIMH LRP program
Sponsor: NIH/NIMH

Young Investigator Travel Award
Sponsor: International Congress on Schizophrenia Research

2008 - 2009
UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship
Sponsor: UCLA

American Psychological Association Dissertation Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Association

Summa Cum Laude
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh

Phi Beta Kappa
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh

1995 - 1999
University Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh

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Journal Articles

Keane BP, Barch DM, Mill RD, Silverstein SM, Krekelberg B, Cole MW. "Brain network mechanisms of visual shape completion." NeuroImage.. 2021 Apr 17; :118069. Epub 2021 Apr 17.

Silverstein SM, Keane BP, Corlett PR. "Oculomics in Schizophrenia Research." Schizophrenia bulletin.. 2021 Feb 19; Epub 2021 Feb 19.

Spronk M, Keane BP, Ito T, Kulkarni K, Ji JL, Anticevic A, Cole MW. "A Whole-Brain and Cross-Diagnostic Perspective on Functional Brain Network Dysfunction." Cerebral cortex.. 2020 Sep 10; Epub 2020 Sep 10.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Visual objects as the referents of early vision: A response to a Theory of Sentience
Book Title: Computation, cognition, and Pylyshyn
Author List: Keane, B. P.
Published By: MIT Press 2009 in Cambridge