Centennial Professor, Department of Psychology
Associate Chair, Department of Psychology
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research Interests: I would label myself an evolutionary epistemologist: I aspire to understand the extent to which one’s grasp of reality is derived through inference-like mental processes guided by knowledge acquired through perception and learning, with that knowledge framed within mental structures shaped by centuries of evolution. This endeavor includes trying to understand what makes us unique as individuals and as a species. My current research interests focus on human visual perception, and my teaching explores the constructive nature of reality viewed through the lenses of philosophy, physics, neurobiology and psychology.
Keywords: visual perception, cognitive neuroscience, natural scene statistics, brain imaging, comparative psychology, individual differences, consciousness