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.

Research Assistants

  • Abla Alaoui Soce

    Abla received her B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. She wrote her senior honors thesis on the influence of animate shape features on broad level categorization, working in Dr. George Alvarez's lab alongside Bria Long. Among other things, she is interested in object recognition, attentional guidance, and motion perception.

  • 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

  • Bochao Zou

    Bochao is a visiting graduate student in Visual Attention lab. He is a Ph.D. candidate from School of Optoelectronics, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. He is interested in 3D perception. In Visual Attention Lab, he will study on visual attention and visual search in stereoscopic displays.

Lab Alumni

Former Principal Investigators
Todd Horowitz
Former Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Krista Ehinger
'13-'16
Preeti Sareen
'13-'15
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
Former Graduate Students
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 Post-Docs
Ellen Kok
'16
Igor Utochkin
'15
Beatriz Gil Gómez de Liaño
'15
Matthew B. Thompson
'14
Michael Zehetleitner
'09
Yair Pinto
'07
Former Visiting Professors
Ruggero Micheletto
'15-'16'
Former Research Assistants
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
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