Affiliate and Undergraduate Alumni
 
 
 

 
Affiliates
 
Brent Strickland (Home Page)
P&C Lab: Lab Affiliate (& Grad Student w/ Keil Lab) (2008-2013)
After Yale: Postdoctoral Fellow, Universite Paris Descartes, Paris V, Cavanagh lab
 
Brent worked with us in graduate school on the nature of core cognition, and discovered the existence of "event type" representations in adult human vision. He continues to collaborate with us on various projects now that he's in Paris, supported by a Fyssen postdoctoral grant. Brian doesn't seem quite so awful at table tennis anymore, now that Brent is gone.
 
Hauke Meyerhoff (Personal Homepage)
P&C Lab: Visiting Graduate Student (2013)
Home Lab: Knowledge Media Research Center, Tubingen, Germany
 
Hauke joined us for a semester from Germany, where he will soon complete his PhD. He previously published on topics including multiple object tracking and perceived chasing. In some ongoing collaborations with us, Hauke is exploring how the perception of animacy and intention interacts with memory, grouping, and temporal processing.
 
Hui Chen
P&C Lab: Visiting Graduate Student (2012)
Home Lab: Huang Lab, Chinese U of Hong Kong
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State Univeresity, Wyble Lab
 
Hui joined us for a semester as a visitor from Liqiang Huang's lab, where he explored visual awareness, object persistence, and object-based attention. At Yale, Hui discovered several exciting new phenomena about the relationship between visual working memory and motion-induced blindness.
 
George Newman (Home Page)
P&C Lab: Lab Affiliate (& Grad Student w/ Keil Lab) (2004-2008)
After Yale: Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale SoM, Consumer Decision Making lab
Currently: Assistant Professor, Yale SoM, Organizational Behavior
 
George worked with us in graduate school on the perception of causality and animacy, in both infants and adults. Now at SoM, he continues to collaborate with us on the perception of design. For his initial work in our lab, George underwent thorough on-the-job training
 
Justin Junge
P&C Lab: Lab Affiliate (& Grad Student w/ Chun Lab) (2004-2008)
After Yale: Postdoctoral Fellow, Tufts University, Dennett group
 
Justin studied various forms of visual statistical learning with our group, helping to (1) establish their reliance on attention, and (2) determine what cues turn such processes on and off. Committed to interdisciplinary training, he then headed off to study philosophy and psychology with Dan Dennett. In this photo, Justin is training to operate one of our important pieces of laboratory equipment.
 
Nicholaus Noles (Home Page)
P&C Lab: Lab Affiliate (& Grad Student w/ Keil Lab) (2002-2008)
After Yale: Postdoctoral Fellow, U of Michigan, Concepts & Theories lab
 
Nic's PhD research at Yale explored the nature of higher-level conceptual intuitions involving ownership and object persistence. With our group, though, he also delved down to explore how the visual system traffics in such such concepts. This work resulted in several published papers reporting work with the 'object reviewing' paradigm.
 
Ohad Ben-Shahar (Home Page)
P&C Lab: Lab Affiliate (& Grad Student w/ Zucker Lab) (2001-2004)
After Yale: Senior Lecturer, Ben Gurion University, Dept. of Computer Science
Currently: Associate Professor, Ben Gurion University, Dept. of Computer Science
 
Ohad was a postdoc in computer science, working in Steve Zucker's group. One day he accidently wandered into the psychology building, though, and we didn't let him leave for years. His CS work involved texture flows, and together we explored how attention spreads through various types of textures.
 
Kristy vanMarle (Lab Page)
P&C Lab: Lab Affiliate (& Grad Student w/ Wynn Lab) (2001-2004)
After Yale: Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers, Gallistel & Gelman labs
Currently: Assistant Professor, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, Dept. of Psychology
 
Fed up with all this talk about 'objects this' and 'objects that', Kristy rebelled in our lab and explored some striking limitations on our ability to attend and track non-solid substances. Her work in this area culminated in a 2003 Psychological Science paper on this topic, which involved cool demos.

Undergraduates
 
Julian DeFreitas
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2010-2013)
After Yale: Rhodes Scholar @ Oxford
 
Julian focused much of his energy at Yale on road racing, not sleeping, and singing with various a capella groups, including the Whiffenpoofs. In his spare time, though, he also discovered a phenomenon he calls attentional rhythm, published his senior thesis in JEP:General, and won Yale's Alpheus Henry Snow Prize (oh, and a Rhodes scholarship).
 
Samantha Ellner
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2007-2011)
After Yale: Harvard Business School
 
Sam was a double-major in economics and cognitive science who had conducted cognitive neuroscience research even before arriving at Yale. In her work with us, she showed -- contrary to many other studies -- that multiple object tracking necessarily involves extrapolating object trajectories. Sam is also an investment banker now, but please don't tell anyone.
 
Jinjin Sun
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2009-2011)
After Yale: Exploring her artistic interests
 
Jinjin made several discoveries with us about how perceived animacy influences downstream behavior -- especially how subtle cues to the direction of intention can yield automatic avoidance behavior in dynamic video-game-like tasks. Her experiments were so fun that she considered charging an hourly rate rather than paying her participants.
 
Riana Betzler
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2007-2010)
After Yale: Studying History and Philosophy of Science
 
Riana somehow arrived at Yale having already conducted her own cognitive psychology experiments, and this momentum led her to make several discoveries in the lab about the nature of statistical learning -- focusing on how well it does (and doesn't) operate over stimuli that are better approximations of linguistic input than are typically used in such studies.
 
Phillip Isola (Personal Homepage)
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA (2005-2008)
After Yale: Computer game programming!
Currently: Graduate student, MIT, Brain & Cognitive Sciences
 
In his copious free time in between majoring in Computer Science, studying computer graphics, building solar cars, and juggling dangerous things, Phillip conducted studies of visual statistical learning with us, and published them in JEP:LMC. Phillip speaks C better than most of us speak English.
 
Maya Shankar
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2004-2007)
After Yale: Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, Dept. of Experimental Psychology
Currently: Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science & Tech Policy
 
Maya made several discoveries in our lab related to topological theories of perception and object representation. After winning a Rhodes Scholarship and Yale's Alpheus Snow prize, she headed off to continue her studies of cognitive science at Oxford. Don't call her "Tunnel Girl", or you'll be in big trouble.
 
Alex White (Personal Homepage)
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2004-2007)
After Yale: Fulbright Scholar, U of Sydney, Holcombe Lab
Currently: Graduate student, NYU, Carrasco Lab
 
Before joining our lab, Alex had conducted research on monkeys and human infants, and he was excited to experiment on subjects that wouldn't scream, cry, bite, scratch, or vomit during testing. (Or so he hoped.) He made several discoveries with us related to inattentional blindness.
 
Alexandria Marino
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2002-2005)
After Yale: Teaching for America
Currently: Graduate student, Yale INP Program, Mazer Lab
 
Alexandria completed her senior thesis in the lab in 2005, exploring the role of perceptual closure in defining the 'objects' of object-based attention. She also published the study in P&P along the way. Outside of the lab, Alexandria played classical/rock/folk fiddle, built houses for Habitat, and biked across the country.
 
Rachel Sussman
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2002-2004)
After Yale: Graduate Student, Harvard University, Jiang Lab
 
Rachel is neither a mean person nor an average person, but in our lab she studied our ability to extract mean values and average statistics from scenes, in the form of visual 'statistical summary representations'. This work formed the core of her senior thesis, and a VSS presentation.
 
Dawn Chan
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2002-2003)
After Yale: Fulbright Scholar, University of Zurich, AI Lab
 
Dawn's senior thesis explored new tools for measuring the perception of animacy, and her recent collaborative work with us involves computational modeling of multiple object tracking. After Yale Dawn headed to exotic Zurich on a Fulbright, studying neural nets in an AI Lab. At Yale, Dawn also studied creative writing and performed around campus in an all-female punk-rock band.
 
Gabriel Nevarez
P&C Lab: Undergraduate RA & Senior Thesis Student (2001-2002)
After Yale: RA, University of Illinois, Simons Lab
 
Gabe's senior thesis explored the rules used by the visual system to track objects through periods of occlusion, and in particular our ability in a multiple-object tracking task to track objects through various kinds of speed discontinuities. Gabe also worked in the lab as a programmer over the summer of 2001, when he occasionally left the lab before 7 am.