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Chia-Huei Tseng (The University of Hong Kong)
The practical and theoretical importance of how attention guides visual search has attracted psychologists for decades, yet we are still far from having a complete picture. One of the unanswered questions is how attention is directed by the relation between parts of a scene (perceptual grouping).
Talks in Cognitive Science (TICS) Seminar at UMass Boston
Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences
Jeremy Wilmer (Wellesley College)
Jason Fischer, Ph.D. (MIT)
Viola Stormer (Harvard University)
Dr. James Bisley, UCLA
Visual attention is the mechanism the nervous system uses to highlight specific locations, objects or features within the visual field. This can be accomplished by making an eye movement to bring the object onto the fovea (overt attention) or by increased processing of visual information in more peripheral regions of the visual field (covert attention). We have hypothesized that neurons within the lateral intraparietal area (LIP) of posterior parietal cortex create a priority
Jonathan Vaughan (Hamilton College).
Performing everyday actions like reaching, using tools, and reaching around obstacles are performed with apparently unconscious ease despite their complexity, but analysis of these actions reveals remarkable consistencies and invariances. The timing and trajectories of reaching to touch targets while avoiding intervening obstacles show simple relationships to the underlying task demands, and so may give insights into questions about the nature of representation and computation on which the movements depend.
Adam Reeves, Northeastern University
Massachussets Institute of Technology, McGovern Institute for Brain Research