Visual Attention Lab

Lab Members | Lab Photos

Wolfe Lab 2019

(Left to right) Wanyi, Danny, Katya (Project Success'19), Jeremy, Farah, Ester, Makaela, Chia-Chien, Leah, Sneha, Sarosh (RSI'19), Devrath (RSI'19), Catlin (RSI'19) & Hsing-Fen
Missing: Bea

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 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 Oversight Committee of 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).

    Click HERE for Dr. Wolfe's CV (2021).

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 Assistants

  • Ava Mitra

    Originally from Chittagong, Bangladesh, Ava received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. While at Rhodes, she did research 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 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.

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.

Visiting Post-Docs

  • Daniel Ernst

    Daniel received his Ph.D. in Psychology at Bielefeld University where he was supervised by Gernot Horstmann. He wrote his dissertation on how stimuli with unexpected features capture visual attention and the gaze. As a postdoc, he focused on how fixation durations vary in the course of visual search trials. In the summer of 2020, Daniel served as the interim chair of the unit for Psychological Methods and Evaluation at Bielefeld University. Afterwards, he joined the Wolfe Lab to investigate what fixation durations reveal about the size of functional visual field and attentional guidance.

Lab Alumni

Former Principal Investigators
Todd Horowitz
Former Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Iris Wiegand
Yung-Hao Yang
Krista Ehinger
Preeti Sareen
Matthew S. Cain
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
Gary Randall
Peter Brawn
Former Visiting Graduate Students
Jonathan Li
U Melbourne
Daniela Gresch
U Munich
Leah Kumle
Hsing-Fen Tu
Max Plank Insti.
Aoqi Li
Wuhan U
Charlie Ludowici
U Sydney
Inga Korolczuk
Bangor U
María Quirós Godoy
U Autó. Madrid
Caroline Seidel
Erica Westenberg
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 Professors
Igor Utochkin
'15, '18
Nurit Gronau
Longsheng Wei
Ruggero Micheletto
Former Visiting Post-Docs
Ellen Kok
Matthew B. Thompson
Michael Zehetleitner
Yair Pinto
Former Research Assistants
Wanyi Lyu
Sneha Suresh
Makaela Nartker
Hayden Schill
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
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
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
Summer '86
Marc Light
Summer '85, '86