Visual Attention Lab

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Wolfe Lab 2015

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Principal Investigator

  • Jeremy Wolfe

    Jeremy Wolfe is the head of the lab. He is Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and an Adjunct Associate Professor in Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University. He received his AB in 1977 from Princeton and his Ph.D. in Psychology from MIT in 1981. He is married to Julie Sandell (Assoc. Provost for Faculty Affairs, Boston U) and has three sons (Ben-29; postdoc at the MIT AgeLab, to see more of his work click here), Philip-27, and Simon -19. Click here to read his curriculum vitae.

Research Fellows

  • Matthew S. Cain

    Matt received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied cognitive control, task switching, attention, and video game players. From there, he got his first taste of visual search, working as a postdoc with Steve Mitroff at Duke University, studying miss errors in multiple-target visual search as well as trying to understand the impact of media multitasking behavior in attentional control. After that, Matt delved into lower-level perceptual-learning processes and how they are affected by sleep in a postdoc with Takeo Watanabe and Yuka Sasaki at Brown University. First, as a postdoc in the Visual Attention Lab and now as a visiting researcher, Matt is once again happily enmeshed in multiple-target search, especially ecologically inspired foraging models and Soldier-relevant searches. Check out his website for publications and other information.

  • 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.

  • Iris Wiegand

    Iris received her Ph.D from the Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience at Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich (LMU), completing her dissertation on EEG markers of age-related changes in visual attention. She then joined the Center for Visual Cognition at the University of Copenhagen, where she continued her work on combining modeling based on Bundesen’s computational “Theory of Visual Attention” with EEG, to derive behavioral and brain measures of individual differences, age- and disease-related changes in attentional functions. Since July 2016, Iris is a research fellow of the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, working on interactions of arousal and attention, functional hemispheric asymmetries, and neural dynamics and plasticity of attention in aging. Iris was awarded a 3-year Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Research Council, which takes her to the Wolfe lab to measure how interactions of attention, memory, and decision-making explain age-related difficulties in visual tasks.

    Yung-Hao Yang

    Yung-Hao received his Ph. D at National Taiwan University, where he worked with Dr. Su-Ling Yeh. His major research interests include visual awareness, visual attention, and their relationship. As a research fellow in Visual Attention Lab, Yung-Hao is currently studying multiple object tracking and visual search with and without visual awareness.

Visiting Professors

  • Nurit Gronau

    Nurit completed her PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, investigating the factors that affect visual attentional selection, specifically examining the nature of distractor interference in focused-attention tasks. In her research, she asked whether personally significant stimuli (such as one's own name) affect one's responses to an attended stimulus in an involuntary manner. Using both behavioral and psychophysiological measures, she showed that in contrast to common belief, highly meaningful stimuli do not capture attention, unless they are relevant to task demands. Nurit than proceeded to her post-doctoral studies at the NMR center of Harvard Medical School, exploring the cortical correlates of object-to-object contextual binding processes, using behavioral and functional brain imaging techniques. In recent years, as a faculty PI at the Open University of Israel, she has been working on various questions associated with the necessity of attention to visual recognition and to visual object integration processes. In addition, she has been working on several projects associated with visual memory, visual object representation, and semantic/contextual influences on long-term memory. Nurit is currently spending a sabbatical year as a visiting professor at the Wolfe lab.

    Longsheng Wei

    Longsheng received his Ph.D. at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, where he studied visual attention, machine learning, and image processing. He is currently an assistant professor in the School of Automation, China University of Geosciences, China. He applies visual attention to image processing, such as saliency object detection, image quality assessment, image compression and coding, video surveillance. As a visiting scholar in Visual Attention Lab, Longsheng investigates the psychological principle of attention mechanism, and studies how humans control their behavior in response to visual and auditory stimuli.

Research Assistants

  • Makaela Nartker

    Makaela received her B.A. in Psychology 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 visual working memory and feature encoding. Among other things, she is interested in visual attention, object recognition, and cognitive disorders. .

  • Hayden Schill

    Hayden graduated from Rhodes College with a B.S in Neuroscience. She previously worked in Dr. Jason Haberman’s vision lab exploring the capacity limitations of ensemble perception. Her research interests include visual and temporal perception, ensemble architecture, and guided attention.

Graduate Students

  • Lab Alumni

    Former Principal Investigators
    Todd Horowitz
    Former Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
    Krista Ehinger
    Preeti Sareen
    Maria Nordfang
    Trafton Drew
    Melissa Le-Hoa Võ
    Michelle Greene
    Karla Evans
    Riccardo Pedersini
    Yair Pinto
    Ester Reijnen
    Piers Howe
    Anina Rich
    David Fencsik
    Evan Palmer
    Melina Kunar
    Aude Oliva
    Nayantara Santhi
    Former Graduate Students
    Caroline Seidel
    U Munich
    Bochao Zou
    Zhe Huang
    U Munich
    Jinxia Zhang
    Nanjing Univ. of Sci. & Tech.
    Kilian Semmelmann
    '12, '13
    U Munich
    Dejan Draschkow
    U Munich
    Lisa Pfannmüller
    U Munich
    Serap Yigit-Elliott
    U Washington
    Kazuya Ishibashi
    Kobe Univ.
    Maria Nordfang
    U Copenhagen
    Patricia Graf
    Ludwig-Maximilians Univ.
    Greg Gancarz
    Boston Univ.
    Corinna Lathan
    Former Visiting Post-Docs
    Ellen Kok
    Igor Utochkin
    Beatriz Gil Gómez de Liaño
    Matthew B. Thompson
    Michael Zehetleitner
    Yair Pinto
    Former Visiting Professors
    Ruggero Micheletto
    Former Research Assistants
    Abla Alaoui Soce
    Avi Aizenman
    Emilie Josephs
    Sage Boettcher
    Corbin Cunningham
    Ashley Sherman
    Lori Myers
    Erica Kreindel
    Yoana Kuzmova
    Michael Cohen
    Michael Van Wert
    Steve Flusberg
    Skyler Place
    Kristin Michod
    Sarah Klieger
    Naomi Kenner
    Randy Birnkrant
    Jennifer DiMase
    Helga Arsenio
    Megan Hyle
    Serena Butcher
    George Alvarez
    Asia Wong
    Nikki Klempen
    Kari Dahlen
    Sara Bennett
    Alexander Bilsky
    Stacia Friedman-Hill
    Marni Stewart
    Sue Franzel
    Former Visiting, Undergraduate, and High School Students
    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
    River Grace
    RSI '16
    David Hong
    RSI '16
    Nnamdi Okwerekwu
    Project Success '16
    Olivia Castro
    CELEST '15
    Kala Allen
    CELEST '15
    Sahaj Garg
    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
    Marc Light
    Summer '85, '86