Research programs in the UCLA Human Perception Laboratory address a broad range of topics in visual perception and cognition. A core concern is to understand processes and mechanisms of human object, space, and motion perception, especially the ways in which the visual system produces coherent and stable representations of contours, surfaces, and objects from input that is fragmentary in space and time.
Perceptual Learning & Cognition
Another set of projects involves perceptual learning, visual cognition, and their applications to education and training. On the basic research side we are interested in understanding and modeling the perceptual learning of abstract relationships.
Our more applied work involves using concepts of perceptual learning and adaptive learning algorithms to improve learning in educational domains, such as mathematics and science learning, as well as in commercial, professional, and military applications.
Our basic visual perception research has been supported in recent years by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our applied efforts in perceptual learning and visual cognition have been supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), US Department of Education.