B.S. Psychological Science & Religious Studies (Loyola University New Orleans, 2010)
The Science of Film (through the Vanderbilt Summer Academy)
Vision Sciences Society
Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image (SCSMI)
Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Interested in visual awareness, event perception and perspective taking
Most people perceive a richly detailed visual world, complete with a range of colors, textures and dimensions. However, experiments in visual attention frequently paint a sparser visual world, whereby our actual experience is much more limited than we believe. I am interested in the top-down and bottom-up influences of this conscious visual experience. In the bottom-up realm, I'm interested in the basic visual features that facilitate or hinder the detection of changes in the visual world. For this avenue I am researching how spatial presentaitons of a scene alter the detection of changes and the perception of events. In the top-down realm, I am researching how narrative, beliefs and emotional state affect our perception of events. I mainly measure these cognitive states using a mix of behavioral report, psychophysics and eye-tracking. These research interests potentially lead to applications in law, the psychology of religion, and cognitive film theory.