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(615) 322-1518
108B Jesup

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  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
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    Ph.D. (Cornell University, 1997)


    Definitely interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall 2017

    Daniel Levin

    Professor of Psychology and Human Development
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Co-Director of Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience Program

    Research in the Levin lab is focused on the interface between concepts and visual perception. To this end, we have been exploring the concepts associated with a variety of object categories, and the knowledge that drives visual selection during scene and event perception. Some of our research explores how knowledge and other basic cognitive constraints affect scene and event perception. For example, we are currently exploring how people perceive the sequence of natural visual events, and how they represent space while viewing movies. In a related research, we are exploring how visual attention and concepts about agency, affect event perception, human-computer interaction, and learning from agent-based tutoring systems. This line of research represents an interdisciplinary collaboration with our lab, Adrianne Seiffert's lab (Cognitive Development), and labs in engineering (led by Gautam Biswas), and has recently been supported a grants from the NSF. In these projects, we have been employing a combination of behavioral measures and eye tracking to understand visual attention and learning in naturalistic settings. 

    In another current project, we are collaborating with the McCandliss lab to explore how natural events shape reasoning about number and theory of mind. To do this, we have created a narrative film depicting these sorts of events and we will be collecting fMRI data from children while they view this film. To view the introductory segment to our film see:

    Currently, the lab includes Chris Jaeger (graduate student) and Josh Little (research assistant). Grad student alumni include Bonnie Angelone, Lewis Baker, Melissa Beck, Jonathan Herberg, Stephen Killingsworth, Yukari Takarae, Alex Varakin, and Joe Wayand.

    I received by BA from Reed College in 1990, and my Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1997, then moved to a faculty position Kent State University. Starting in 2003, I have been here at Vanderbilt where I am Professor of Psychology in the Peabody's department of Psychology and Human Development.

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