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.

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, medical image perception, 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.

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
Longsheng Wei
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
Joey Feffer
River Grace
RSI '16
David Hong
RSI '16
Nnamdi Okwerekwu
Project Success '16
Olivia Castro
Kala Allen
Sahaj Garg
Jungyeon Park
RSI '15
Dante Connor
Project Success '15
Pascale Chataigne
Trevor Stubbs-Stroud
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
Celeste Rousseau
Ali Çakal
RSI '13
Stephanie Ding
RSI '13
Eric Chan
Project Success '13
Leila Heidari
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