Human Perception Lab

People

Alumni

  • KP Thai
  • KP Thai
  • KP is interested in applications of perceptual learning principles to teaching and learning.
  • Gennady Erlikhman
  • Gennady Erlikhman
  • Genna is currently a postdoc in the Caplovitz Lab at University of Nevada, Reno. His current research focuses on the neural correlates of the construction of object representations over space and time.
  • Gennady Erlikhman
  • Joel Zucker
  • Joel's interests include: researching, designing, and developing learning tools utilizing perceptual learning to improve the way children are introduced to novel subject domains; dog psychology, as applied to deal with behavior issues and shaping complex sequences patterns. Joel is also a dog trainer and has a champion frisbee dog named Bailey.
  • Eric Koo
  • Eric Koo
  • Eric is a cognitive science and statistics double major. He is interested in the topics of human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and machine learning and plans to go on to graduate school to pursue these areas of research.
  • Tandra Ghose, Ph.D.
  • Tandra Ghose, Ph.D.
  • Tandra's research interests include perceptual organization in vision, figure/ground and depth perception, and object perception.
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  • Ji Y. Son, Ph.D.
  • Ji Y. Son, Ph.D.
  • Ji wants to understand how people extract structure and thus is interested in applying perceptual learning to diverse domains.
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  • Robert W. Kojima, Ph.D.
  • Robert W. Kojima, Ph.D.
  • Adaptive and perceptual learning in chemistry education and optimal integration of multimedia in the classroom to reduce cognitive load; utilizing 3-D visualization and computer aided vocabulary training to more effectively present material for cognition.
  • Brian Keane, Ph.D.
  • Brian Keane, Ph.D.
  • Brian examined functional consequences of filling-in during contour interpolation and the automaticity of interpolation through multiple object tracking. As a post-doc at the medical school of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Brian examines how schizophrenia compromises these abilities.
  • James Hilger, Ph.D.
  • James Hilger, Ph.D.
  • James research interests include the learning of abstract categories and models of contour interpolation.
  • Patrick Garrigan, Ph.D.
  • Patrick Garrigan, Ph.D.
  • How and under what conditions 3D and/or occluded contours and surfaces become represented in the brain.
  • Evan Palmer, Ph.D.
  • Evan Palmer, Ph.D.
  • The perception of moving, occluded objects. We are attempting to formalize a notion of spatiotemporal relatability.
  • Sharon Guttman, Ph.D.
  • Sharon Guttman, Ph.D.
  • The mechanisms underlying our perception of illusory contours and partly occluded objects.
  • Thomas Shipley , Ph.D.
  • Thomas Shipley, Ph.D.
  • Object and motion perception; event perception.
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  • Clara Sao
  • Clara Sao
  • Clara's research interests include perceptual learning as it applies to education as well as mind-body interactions and social psychology.
  • Jenny Chun
  • Jenny Chun
  • Jenny worked on expanding the lab's perceptual learning modules to two very different domains - chemistry and music. She would like to go on to graduate school to explore either learning technologies or human computer interaction.
  • Kreshnik Begolli
  • Kreshnik Begolli
  • Keko's focus is to improve educational curricula and policy through research in two areas: cognitive learning and social research. His goal is to gain the knowledge and skill set that will advance our future educational system and those of underdeveloped countries.
  • Jennifer Vanyo
  • Jennifer Vanyo
  • aka "Dr. Giggles"
    Medical School
  • Heidi Vanyo
  • Heidi Vanyo
  • Medical School

Visiting Scholars

  • Renato Fillinich
  • Renato Fillinich
  • Renato is an exchange student from Italy and visited as a 2nd year graduate student. He is interested in Cognitive Science and its applications.
  • Lia Nikolakis
  • Lia Nikolakis
  • Lia was a visiting graduate student from the University of Trieste (Italy). Lia is interested in web usability, human-computer interaction, cognitive ergonomics, and visuo-spatial organization of information in web layout.
  • Michela Cinello
  • Michela Cinello
  • Michela came to us as a graduate student from the University of Trieste (Italy). Michela is interested in human factors, user-centered design, visual perception, cognition, human-computer interaction, computer application and interface design.

Research Assistant Alums

  • Research Assistant
  • Eileen An
  • Eileen is a third year Biology major who has been working on various studies exploring perceptual learning and how to optimize learning. She is interested in learning more about how our brains operate when we learn, and what strategies work best. She really enjoys learning more about psychology and its applications to the real world, especially because she doesn't get much of a chance to take psychology classes.
  • Research Assistant
  • Xiaoya Qiu
  • Xiaoya is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Science. She is interested in many things in the field of psychology, and she is currently working on a honor thesis with KP Thai on the topic of perceptual learning. She has been working with Human Perception Lab since her sophomore year, and she appreciates everything she learned from this amazing research experience.
  • Research Assistant
  • Mac Xing
  • Mac is currently investigating the perception of spatio-temporal boundary formations with Gennady Erlikhman. He is also examining the effects of stroboscopic training on complex motion perception with Steve Thurman in Hongjing Lu’s Computational Vision and Learning Lab. In the labs, his tasks involve preparing experiment stimuli, conducting experiments, and analyzing data.
  • Cameron Kemper
  • Cameron Kemper
  • Cameron is interested in learning technology, memory, perceptual learning, and human factors. He enjoys discovering methods to investigate these topics, and is currently working on perceptual learning modules for teaching geography and chemistry. He intends to pursue graduate school and fields related to cognitive science, and he is currently conducting a senior honors thesis.
  • John Le
  • John Le
  • John is a 4th year Psychobiology major. He is interested in the application of perceptual learning on practical teaching/learning alternatives. He also wants to discover his options within the field of Psychology and Medicine, and is currently conducting a senior honors thesis.
  • Michelle Nguyen
  • Michelle Nguyen
  • Michelle is an undergraduate majoring in Psychobiology. Her interest in both areas of science and psychology has led her to assist with Dr. Kojima's research in adaptive and perceptual learning in chemistry. Her main goal is to pursue a career in health care with hopes of applying her psychology background in her future endeavors.
  • Doug Roche
  • Doug Roche
  • At the moment, Doug is most interested in working with projects that involve research in user interface; for example, designing a user interface for a smartphone. He also plans on attending graduate school and continuing on into a field related to cognitive science.
  • Jonny Jew
  • Jonny Jew
  • Jonny is working in the human perception lab's learning technology arm. He is helping develop software, specifically 3D modeling of chemistry molecules and a testing interface that implement the findings of the lab's research on perceptual learning.
  • Joe Cardello
  • Joe Cardello
  • Joe is interested in how different teaching methods impact the rate, longevity, and quality of learning. After graduation, he intends to apply cognitive science to improving the experience within theme parks, developing rides, environments, and other facilities that more effectively produce desirable feelings and behaviors in customers and employees.
  • Trinh Tran
  • Trinh Tran
  • Trinh's overall career goal is to be part of a psychology profession that offers opportunities for assisting others, personal development, and public interaction. Specifically, she would like become a clinical psychologist and provide therapy to those in need.
  • Kay Lee
  • Kay Lee
  • Kay is a senior majoring in psychology and plans to apply to graduate schools for cognitive psychology. Her interests include perceptual category learning, memory, and language acquisition.
  • Derek Mak
  • Derek Mak
  • Derek is a senior studying Cognitive Science and Accounting. He is interested in educational evaluation and assessment, in particular, standardized test content design and development.
  • Lucia Prieto
  • Lucia Prieto
  • Lucia is a 4th year cognitive science major. She is working with Robert on his research in perceptual learning in chemistry education. She is looking to combine her interests in medicine, child development, and perceptual learning and its applications to education.
  • Jee S. Yang
  • Jee S. Yang
  • Jee is interested in cognitive neuroscience and physiopsychology. She hopes to do research on learning processes and memories and would like to develop a program for autistic children to help them learn through adaptive and perceptual learning so they can successfully adapt to their environment and improve academic and social skills.
  • Alexis Craig
  • Alexis Craig
  • Alexis is a Cognitive Science major graduating in the Spring. During her graduate work, she is most interested in studying neural networks and other forms of modeling cognitive processes through technology. Ultimately, she hopes to be able to develop more accurate artificial intelligence programs and work with systems that "learn" over time.
  • Guy Rodgers
  • Guy Rodgers
  • Guy is currently doing web development for the lab, under Tim's auspices. After graduating this June with a B.S. in Cognitive Science, and a minor in Human Complex Systems, Guy will be attending law school, where he hopes to pursue the Technology & Law field.
  • Maythal Eshaghian
  • Maythal Eshaghian
  • Maythal is a fourth year psychology student. She is profoundly interested in the field of psychology. She has a passion for the field of psychology and plans to apply to graduate school in the fall. She is interested in the domain of clinical psychology. She is eager to help people in the future by becoming a psychologist.
  • Desi Akhamzadeh
  • Desi Akhamzadeh
  • Desi is a 3rd year Psychology major. She is interested in pursuing a career in the field of Optometry with an emphasis in vision therapy. She is currently working with Genna and his research on 3D shape perception and perceptual learning.
  • Lydia Chung
  • Lydia Chung
  • Lydia is a 3rd year Psychology major in the Human Perception Lab and is currently working with Robert on the chemistry project and Clara on the algebra learning module. She is interested in educational perceptual learning and plans to do graduate work in psychology.
  • Britni Rebollar
  • Britni Rebollar
  • Britni is working towards her B.S. in Cognitive Science. After graduation she hopes to attend graduate school to obtain her teaching credential and master's degree, leading to an educator position at a Los Angeles high school. She hopes her experience in the lab will help her become a better teacher.
  • Ashley Wilcox
  • Ashley Wilcox
  • Ashley is a third year Psychology major. Ashley would like to go to graduate school and plans on continuing in the field of psychology or cognitive science.
  • Payam Javaherizadeh
  • Payam Javaherizadeh
  • Payam is a Cognitive Science major. He has been part of the lab for the past two quarters working on perceptual learning of Chinese characters, and developing and measuring the effectiveness of various teaching strategies in medical education.
  • Nicole Hall
  • Nicole Hall
  • Nicole is a senior majoring in Cognitive Science and plans to continue her studies beyond her undergraduate degree in the field of health. She is interested in exploring the relationship between cognitive science and education to achieve a more scientific approach to health education and preventive medicine.
  • Eric Lesh
  • Eric Lesh
  • Eric is interested in a career that will allow him to use and improve technology while investigating how people think and learn, hopefully helping to develop techniques that teachers and students can use to their advantage.
  • Howard Yang
  • Howard Yang
  • Howard's goal is to fulfill a longtime curiosity and passion for research in cognitive science, particularly relating to consciousness, reasoning, learning, and other mental processes. He is also interested in metaphorical and linguistic aspects that attempt to unify and combine the perspectives of science, math, and philosophy.
  • Delenia Garcia
  • Delenia Garcia
  • Delenia is interested in a field where humans benefit from technological advances (e.g. prosthetic limbs), such that computers, technology, cognitive science and social science are integrated and work together to benefit human health.
  • Chelsea Marrs
  • Chelsea Marrs
  • Chelsea is a senior majoring in Linguistics and Psychology, and plans to apply to graduate school for psychology in the fall of this year. She is specifically interested in cognitive science and how language affects cognition, and hopes to eventually apply her knowledge of these topics to helping people with speech and learning disabilities.
  • Marian Saddi
  • Marian Saddi
  • Marian is interested in the field of psychology and hopes to one day be a psychologist.
  • Andrew Mendoza
  • Andrew Mendoza
  • Top-down influences on filling-in during interpolation. He enjoys volunteering with kids, working with the Mentorship Program at UCLA, solving puzzles/riddles, and being in the outdoors
  • Brittany Dutra
  • Brittany Dutra
  • Brittany favorite subjects are psychology and math. She's thinking about going to either medical or veterinary school. Brittany has a a horse named Puzzle and she has competed in equestrian sports for about 10 years.
  • Dave Bresler
  • Dave Bresler
  • Health and Clinical Psychology and hoping to continue on to Medical School with a focus on International Medicine.
  • Vicky Tsoi
  • Vicky Tsoi
  • Vicky worked on the multiple vertex tracking project. She is also a wind surfing instructor at the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.
  • Janelle Liu
  • Janelle Liu
  • As a high school student Janelle worked on spatiotemporal contour interpolation project and multiple vertex tracking project.
  • Rachel Himelstein
  • Rachel Himelstein
  • Bio-Stats
  • Amanda Saw
  • Amanda Saw
  • Political insomnia; interested in general learning principles and applying and evaluating educational technologies.