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Wolfe Lab 2024


The current Wolfe Lab
(Left to right) Mr. Penguin, Jan, Suave Sloth, Ava, Jeremy holding a real puppydog (pls don't ask too many questions), Oryah holding an angry rat (also real), Jeunghwan with a.. bug..(??), Sharkie holding Nathan, Injae with the cutest stuffed animal in the lab.

Principal Investigator

  • Jeremy Wolfe

    Jeremy Wolfe is the head of the lab. He is Professor of Ophthalmology and 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 is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of AAAS, APA (Div 1, 3, & 6), and APS. He has been President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), President of the Eastern Psychological Association, Chair of the Board of the Psychonomic Society and a member of the Board of the Vision Sciences Society. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI) and was Editor of Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. Wolfe also serves on the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism. He is married to Julie Sandell; Provost of Suffolk University in Boston (Information accurate in March, 2022). They have three sons: Ben, Philip, and Simon. Wolfe’s office contains more stuffed animalsimage than one would expect in the office of a grown man.

    Click HERE for Dr. Wolfe's CV (2022).
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Research Fellows

  • Injae Hong

    Injae received her Ph.D at Yonsei University, Korea, where she worked with Min-Shik Kim on spatial attentional learning. Before then, she worked as a postmaster’s researcher at Korea Brain Research Institute with Su Keun Jeong. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is interested in how human's visual system efficiently (or inefficiently) works to handle abundant information from the world and affects human behavior. While Injae is not in the office, she inspires herself with the cognitive network by building yarn networks with crochet. Click here to see what's inside her brain. Fun Fact: Find her name on neurotree.org and you will see interesting fact about Injae's family tree. Injae’s three academic fathers, Jeremy, Min-Shik, and Su Keun, are all in a tangle: Jeremy is the grand-parent of Min-Shik and Su Keun is a child of Min-Shik. So, is Injae Jeremy’s academic child or grand-grand child???

  • Jeunghwan Choi

    Jeunghwan is a PhD student at Yonsei University, Korea, working under the supervision of Dr. Sang Chul Chong. His research focuses on ensemble perception and contextual cueing using various methods such as computer modeling and eye-tracking. Outside of the lab, Jeunghwan enjoys staying active through various physical activities and exercise to give some free time to his brain.

Research Assistants

  • Ava Mitra

    Originally from Chittagong, Bangladesh, Ava received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. While at Rhodes, she worked in Dr. Jason Haberman's Visual Cognition lab, studying the visual phenomena of ensemble perception. Her research looked at the hierarchical nature of ensemble coding, assessing how memory representations of ensembles change with information decay.

  • Nathan Trinkl

    Nathan has been playing the piano for 15 years!

    Nathan received a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a B.A. in Piano Performance at Emory University. He previously worked with Dr. Daniel Dilks, studying how visual scene regions allow us to both recognize and navigate our environment. Specifically, his research focused on how the extension of information beyond the visual field may serve as a diagnostic feature of scenes.

Visiting Professors

  • Jan Philipp Röer

    In the Visual Attention Lab, Jan is something of an auditory oddball. He's interested in what makes a sound attract our attention and the mechanisms we have in place to prevent irrelevant sound from doing so (habituation, statistical learning, cognitive control). When Jan is not in Boston looking at auditory distraction during visual search with Jeremy, he works as a Professor of Experimental Psychology at Witten/Herdecke University. Jan's favorite sound is the rustling of autumn leaves.

Visiting Post-Docs

  • Oryah Lancry

    Oryah earned her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she collaborated with Professor Yoni Pertzov to investigate memory-guided gaze behavior. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Visual Attention Lab, she is dedicated to employing eye-tracking techniques to unravel the underlying mechanisms behind "looked-but-failed-to-see" errors. Specifically, she aims to understand why observers may miss things that are right in front of their eyes.

Lab Alumni

Former Principal Investigators
Todd Horowitz
Former Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Delgermaa Demchig
'22-'23
Daniel Ernst
'20-'21
Chia-Chien Wu
'17-'21
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
Jonathan Li
'20
U Melbourne
Daniela Gresch
'19
U Munich
Levi Kumle
'19
Goethe-Univ.
Hsing-Fen Tu
'19
Max Plank Insti.
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
Beatriz Gil-Gómez de Liaño
'17-'20
Igor Utochkin
'15-'18
Nurit Gronau
'17-'18
Longsheng Wei
'16-'17'
Ruggero Micheletto
'15-'16'
Sara Fabrikant
'13
Maria Falikman
'04
Former Visiting Post-Docs
Ellen Kok
'16
Matthew B. Thompson
'14
Michael Zehetleitner
'09
Yair Pinto
'07
Former Research Assistants
Wanyi Lyu
'19-'22
Sneha Suresh
'19-'21
Makaela Nartker
'17-'19
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
Taylor Si
Bates, '23
Gabe Korner
Summer '23
Eduard Objio
Project Success '23
Hula Khalifa
Project Success '23
Sandra Yang
RSI '23
Grace Yan
RSI '23
Chirag Maheshwari
RSI '23
Alec DeWulf
Summer '22
Savan Hussein
Washington &
Jefferson Coll, '22
Magda El Dada
RSI '22
Justin Ricketts
RSI '22
Arun Moorthy
RSI '22
Claire Wang
RSI '22
Olivia Romito
Summer '20-21
Dongyu Gong
Tsinghua Uni '20
Renata Cathod
Summer '19
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 '18
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 '86
Marc Light
Summer '85, '86