2020 Meet the Professors

Students and postdocs are invited to the fourth annual “Meet the Professors” event, this year in virtual format. This is an opportunity for a free-wheeling, open-ended discussion with members of the VSS Board and other professors. You might chat about science, the annual meeting, building a career, or whatever comes up.

Members of the VSS Board are indicated with an asterisk*, in case you have a specific interest in talking to a member of the board.

Saturday, June 20, 5:00 pm EDT America/New_York  Log In For Local Time

Rowan T. Candy* (Indiana University, Bloomington) studies the typical and atypical development of the visual system, with particular emphasis in the relationship between sensory and motor visual function.

Jody Culham* (University of Western Ontario) studies perception and action in natural and virtual reality environments.

Alex Holcombe (University of Sydney, Australia) In his lab, Alex studies capacity limits on human visual processing, in contexts such as letter reading and position perception. Outside of his lab, Alex studies reproducibility and works on initiatives to improve the dissemination and critical discussion of research.

Miyoung Kwon (Northeastern University) studies how eye disorders and abnormal visual experience affect visual perception and how the brain learns to see the world in degraded viewing conditions.

Pascal Mamassian (CNRS and Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris) studies 3D, motion, and time perception, as well as sequential effects and meta-perception.

Cathleen Moore (University of Iowa) studies perceptual organization and attention, and the role that object structure plays in guiding visual selection and other downstream visual processes.

Kathy  Mullen (McGill University, Montreal, Canada) studies human colour vision and how it relates to form and motion perception, using psychophysical and brain imaging approaches.

Sunday, June 21, 8:00 am EDT America/New_York  Log In For Local Time

Frank Durgin (Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania) studies systematic bias in the perception of large scale visual space, the perception of non-symbolic number, sensorimotor adaptation, as well as biasing influences of metaphor in person perception. His work generally considers coding efficiency as a source of systematic bias (including race and gender bias) in perception and cognition.

Janneke Jehee (Donders Institute, Netherlands) studies perceptual decision-making under uncertainty, attention, and perceptual learning, using a combination of computational modeling, psychophysics and neuroimaging techniques.

Fred Kingdom (McGill University, Montreal) uses psychophysics and image processing to study a range of visual processes, including spatial vision, binocular vision and the relationship between color, material and form perception.

Talia Konkle (Harvard University) studies high-level visual representation and how visual information is organized across the cortex.

David Melcher (University of Trento, Italy) studies the interaction of sensory processing, attention, memory, and eye movements that yields our subjective experience of rich and continuous perception, within a cognitive neuroscience framework.

Josh Solomon (City, University of London) devises methods and models for detection, discrimination, and visual salience.

Jeremy Wilmer (Wellesley College) studies individual differences, face processing, and data visualization.

Galit Yovel (Tel Aviv University, Israel) studies the neural and cognitive mechanisms of face/person recognition.

Sunday, June 21, 8:00 pm EDT America/New_York  Log In For Local Time

Ming Meng (South China Normal University) studies dynamic mind-brain interactions that underlie visual perception, awareness, and attention.

Anina Rich (Macquarie University) is fascinated by the way attention works, how information is integrated across the senses (including in synaesthesia), and how knowledge and sensory input are integrated to create our perception. She uses multiple methods of cognitive neuroscience to address these questions. Her additional passion is social justice, looking for ways to address bias and inequity in science, and the ways in which diverse perspectives enhance our innovation.

John Serences (University of California, San Diego) studies attention, memory and decision-making using psychophysics, EEG and fMRI.

Tuesday, June 23, 1:00 am EDT America/New_York  Log In For Local Time

Branka Spehar (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) studies lightness and color perception, perceptual organization, and, most recently, sensory, and perceptual foundations of aesthetic experience.

Chris Tyler (Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute) studies a full spectrum of visual processing, from retinal photoreceptor dynamics through binocular space perception to the visual analysis of art.