Faculty

Professor Ashby is interested in understanding how people categorize objects and events in their environment, and in how perceptual and executive attention are allocated and interact.

How does the attention change the way in which our brain processes visual information, what processes mediate human learning in perceptual tasks, and how does our brain decide where to direct our eyes when we search for an object in a visual scene?

Not accepting graduate applications

Dr. Foley works on the experimental and theoretical analysis of visual perception, information processing, and visual-motor control with an applied research interest in improving the quality of video imagery.

Dr. Gazzaniga conducts research on how the brain enables mind. Special patient populations are used in a variety of methodologies including visual psychophysics, brain imaging and anatomy.

On a moment-by-moment basis we are faced with an environment that is in a continual state of flux, changing over time and space. The purpose of the research conducted in my lab is to clarify the perceptual, cognitive, and neural mechanisms of selective attention.

Professor Grafton is interested in how people organize movement into goal-oriented action. The emphasis is on elucidating the cognitive architecture that underlies action representation.

Mary Hegarty's research is on spatial thinking in complex activities such as comprehension, reasoning and problem solving. She uses eye-fixation data to trace the processes involved in understanding visual-spatial displays, and making inferences from these displays.

Emily Jacobs
The goal of my research is to use brain imaging to establish basic principles of how sex steroid hormones shape the neural circuitry underlying higher order cognitive functions, including defining the role of sex steroids in the healthy adult brain and.

Dr. Mayer's main interest is in determining how people learn (i.e., the science of learning) and how to help people learn (i.e., the science of instruction).

Dr. Miller is interested in the psychological and neural processes underlying human memory and decision-making.

Not accepting graduate applications

Dr. Revlin studies human reasoning in its many facets including deductive reasoning and natural language understanding. His research focuses on how people reason about hypothetical situations by imagining a “possible world” that they have never before experienced.

My lab’s research takes a “big picture” perspective in attempting to understand the nature of mental life, and in particular consciousness. Combining empirical, philosophical, and contemplative traditions, we address broad questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.