Visual Attention Lab

Lab Members | Lab Photos

Wolfe Lab 2018


(Left to right) Igor, Chia-Chien, Hayden, Hazem, Makaela, Anna, María, Eshika, Chantal, Jeremy, Farah, & Nurit
Missing: Iris, Bea, & Gar Wai

Principal Investigator

  • Jeremy Wolfe

    Jeremy Wolfe is the head of the lab. He is Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. Wolfe received an AB in Psychology in 1977 from Princeton and his PhD in Psychology in 1981 from MIT under the supervision of Richard Held. His research focuses on visual search and visual attention with a particular interest in socially important search tasks in areas such as medical image perception (e.g. cancer screening), security (e.g. baggage screening), and intelligence. He taught Intro. Psychology and other courses for 25 years, mostly at MIT. Wolfe was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is Immediate Past President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) just finished his term as a member of the Board of the Vision Sciences Society. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI). Wolfe has been President of the Eastern Psychological Association, Chair of the Psychonomic Society and Editor of Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. Wolfe also serves as East District Chair of the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism. He is married to Julie Sandell; Provost of Suffolk University in Boston (from Aug, 2019).

Research Fellows

  • Chia-Chien Wu

    Chia-Chien received his Ph.D at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where he worked with Eileen Kowler on the spatial and temporal control of saccadic eye movements. Before joining the Visual Attention Lab, he also worked as a postdoc with Marc Pomplun at University of Massachusetts at Boston and Arash Yazdanbakhsh at Boston University, studying scene perception, semantic guidance of visual attention and the control of eye movements in Parkinson’s disease. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Visual Attention Lab, he is studying change detection and multiple object tracking.

  • Farahnaz Ahmed Wick

    Farahnaz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she worked with Marc Pomplun. Her dissertation topic was top-down and bottom-up biases in visual attention. As a postdoctoral fellow in Visual Attention Lab, Farahnaz continues investigating attentional mechanisms involved in scene perception, multiple identity tracking and visual working memory.

    Click HERE to see Farahnaz lastest talk at Museum of Science!

Research Assistant

  • Makaela Nartker

    Makaela earned her B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Ohio State University, where she worked with Dr. James Todd investigating the perception of 3D shape from shading. She also worked with Dr. Julie Golomb studying the interactions between VWM and feature encoding. Among other things, she is interested in human-computer interactions, memory representations, and visual attention.

Visiting Professors

  • Beatriz Gil-Gómez de Liaño

    Bea completed her PhD in 2005 at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) in Experimental Psychology studying attention and working memory interactions. During her Postdoc training she worked with Dr. Carlo Umiltà at Università degli Studi di Padova (2008/2009) studying attention in Traumatic Brain Injury Patients. In 2011 se worked with Dr. Molly Potter at the MIT (José Castillejo Scholarship, Spanish Governement) studying Attention in RSVP tasks, and with Dr. Jeremy Wolfe in 2015 (Fulbright Scholarship), studying working memory effects in visual search. She is also Associate Professor at UAM, teaching Methods in Psychology. From December 2015 to January 2018 she was Vice-Dean of Research and Doctoral Studies at the School of Psychology of the UAM. Now, Bea has been awarded again with a Fulbright Scholarship as Senior Researcher (Salvador de Madariaga) for 6 months, from February to July 2018 in the Wolfe Lab to continue her studies in visual search. She has also been recently awarded with a 3-year Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Research Council, to work in the Adaptive Brain Lab with Dr. Zoe Kourtzi at the University of Cambridge. As a Global Fellowship she will continue joining Wolfe lab for 2 years from August 2018 within a project studying attention and working memory in children. Her main research interest nowadays is to understand how attentional mechanisms operate in a developmental brain, and how they change in typical and atypical development to design new treatments to improve them during childhood.

Lab Alumni

Former Principal Investigators
Todd Horowitz
Former Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Iris Wiegand
'17-'18
Yung-Hao Yang
'17-'18
Krista Ehinger
'13-'16
Preeti Sareen
'13-'15
Matthew S. Cain
'13-'14
Maria Nordfang
'13-'14
Trafton Drew
'11-'14
Melissa Le-Hoa Võ
'10-'14
Michelle Greene
'09-'11
Karla Evans
'08-'13
Riccardo Pedersini
'08-'10
Yair Pinto
'08-'10
Ester Reijnen
'08-'09
Piers Howe
'07-'10
Anina Rich
'05-'07
David Fencsik
'03-'07
Evan Palmer
'03-'07
Melina Kunar
'03-'06
Aude Oliva
'00-'02
Nayantara Santhi
'00-'02
Gary Randall
'98-'00
Peter Brawn
'98-'00
Former Visiting Graduate Students
Aoqi Li
'19
Wuhan U
Charlie Ludowici
'19
U Sydney
Inga Korolczuk
'19
Bangor U
María Quirós Godoy
'18
U Autó. Madrid
Caroline Seidel
'17
Goethe-Univ.
Erica Westenberg
'17
U Munich
Bochao Zou
'15-'17'
Zhe Huang
'16
U Munich
Jinxia Zhang
'12-'14
Nanjing Univ. of Sci. & Tech.
Kilian Semmelmann
'12, '13
U Munich
Dejan Draschkow
'12
U Munich
Lisa Pfannmüller
'12
U Munich
Serap Yigit-Elliott
'11-'12
U Washington
Kazuya Ishibashi
'10
Kobe Univ.
Maria Nordfang
'10
U Copenhagen
Patricia Graf
'08-'09
Ludwig-Maximilians Univ.
Greg Gancarz
'93-'96
Boston Univ.
Corinna Lathan
'89-'90
Former Visiting Professors
Igor Utochkin
'15, '18
Nurit Gronau
'17-'18
Longsheng Wei
'16-'17'
Ruggero Micheletto
'15-'16'
Former Visiting Post-Docs
Ellen Kok
'16
Matthew B. Thompson
'14
Michael Zehetleitner
'09
Yair Pinto
'07
Former Research Assistants
Hayden Schill
'16-'18
Abla Alaoui-Soce
'15-'17
Avi Aizenman
'13-'16
Emilie Josephs
'13-'15
Sage Boettcher
'12-'14
Corbin Cunningham
'10-'12
Ashley Sherman
'10-'12
Lori Myers
'09-'10
Erica Kreindel
'09-'11
Yoana Kuzmova
'07-'10
Michael Cohen
'07-'09
Michael Van Wert
'05-'08
Steve Flusberg
'04-'06
Skyler Place
'04-'06
Kristin Michod
'03-'05
Sarah Klieger
'03-'04
Naomi Kenner
'02-'05
Randy Birnkrant
'02-'04
Jennifer DiMase
'01-'03
Helga Arsenio
'00-'02
Megan Hyle
'00-'02
Serena Butcher
'99-'01
George Alvarez
'98-'00
Asia Wong
'98-'99
Nikki Klempen
'96-'98
Kari Dahlen
'96-'98
Sara Bennett
'94-'96
Alexander Bilsky
'92-'94
Stacia Friedman-Hill
'89-'92
Marni Stewart
'88-'91
Sue Franzel
'86-'88
Former Visiting Undergraduate, and High School Students
Devrath Iyer
RSI '19
Sarosh Nagar
RSI '19
Caitlin van Zyl
RSI '19
Katya Moran
Project Success '19'
Daniel Little
Bowdoin College '19
Raquel Colorado Cajas
U Autó. Madrid
Gar Wai Mai
Project Success '18
Eshika Saxena
RSI '18
Chantal Kander
RSI '18
Hazem Jouedi
RSI '18
Ellie Eisenberg
Roslyn High School '17
Brian Szeto
Project Success '17
Matthew Radovan
RSI '17
Erin Smith
RSI '17
Gaeum Kim
RSI '17
Michael Yan
RSI '17
Annelise Blanchard
USPIN '16
Joey Feffer
RSI'16
River Grace
RSI '16
David Hong
RSI '16
Nnamdi Okwerekwu
Project Success '16
Olivia Castro
CELEST '15
Kala Allen
CELEST '15
Sahaj Garg
RSI'15
Jungyeon Park
RSI '15
Dante Connor
Project Success '15
Pascale Chataigne
CELEST '14
Trevor Stubbs-Stroud
CELEST '14
Michael Connor
RSI '14
Marwa Jardali
RSI '14
Mikal Hayden-Gates
Project Success '14
Bassil Bacare
Project Success '14
Andrew Brown
Project Success '14
Lily Xue
Visiting '13, '14
Bria Bugg
CELEST '13
Celeste Rousseau
CELEST '13
Ali Çakal
RSI '13
Stephanie Ding
RSI '13
Eric Chan
Project Success '13
Leila Heidari
CELEST '12
Diego Reyes
Project Success '12
Wajdy Awad
RSI '12
Amanda Choo
RSI '12
Raymond Farmer
Project Success '11-'13
Kimberly Lamare
Project Success '10
Ronny DeLeon
Project Success '10
Aina Martinez Zurita
RSI '10
Tommy Liu
RSI '10
Sheena-Gail Powell
Project Success '09
Ayman Jabarin
RSI '09
Ian Cinnamon
RSI '09
Mahilet Oluma
Project Success '08
Christina Chang
RSI '08
Julianna Pillemer
Visiting '07
Max Uhlenhuth
RSI '07
Nicole Nova
RSI '07
Randall Carter
Project Success '06, '07
Erick Desingco
Project Sucess '06
Genevieve Williams
RSI '06
Sophie Cai
RSI '06
Juliana Rotter
UROP '06
Julia Fong
UROP '06
Clare Dean
UROP '06
Jessenia Urrea
Project Sucess '05
Ansam Sinjab
RSI '03
Matthew Tsg
RSI '03
Linda Tran
Project Success '03
Kevin Yang
Project Success '03
Carol Lee
Summer '03, RSI '00
Hermie Mendoza
RSI '02
Dan Seltzer
Summer '02
Nina Vasan
RSI '01
Liz Shulman
Summer '97, '98
Adriana Elmes
Visiting '92
Felicity Lanier
Summer '92
Albert Lew
UROP '91
Yurah Kim
Summer '91
Erica Song
UROP '90, '91
Alice Yee
UROP '88-'90
Tracy Kincaid
UROP '89, '90
Lisa Gische
UROP '89, '90
John Martello
UROP '89, '90
Maya Bose
UROP '89, '90
Stephanie Jackson
Summer '89
Charlie Pokorny
UROP '89
Karen Yu
UROP '87-'89
Arthur Figel
UROP '86-'88
Felicita Treue
Visiting '88
Bob Sugiura
UROP '88
Amy Pruszenski
UROP '87
Brian Katz
Summer
Marc Light
Summer '85, '86