News & Events

May 2018

Lab Presentation / Publication Note: Phil Kellman presented a poster at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, entitled The psychophysics of algebra: Mathematics perceptual learning interventions produce lasting changes in the perceptual encoding of mathematical objects. The published abstract citation is:

  • Kellman, P. J., Bufford, C. A., & Mettler, E. (2017). The psychophysics of algebra: Mathematics perceptual learning interventions produce measurable and lasting changes in the perceptual encoding of mathematical objects. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 22, 27.
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April 2018

Lab Publication Note: Members of the Human Perception Lab published an article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology:

  • Baker, N. & Kellman, P.J. (2018). Abstract shape representation in human visual perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(9), 1295-1308.
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September 2016

An editorial in The British Journal of Anaesthesia featured the use of perceptual and adaptive learning technologies in training anesthesiology residents, concluding that this approach has "the potential to revolutionise our traditional approaches to learning in anaesthesia."

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November 2015

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded a patent entitled System and Method for Adaptive Perceptual Learning to Phil Kellman. The patent describes perceptual learning technology that accelerates pattern recognition and transfer to novel cases in complex domains where diagnostic structure must be detected amidst variation. It also discloses novel methods of combining perceptual and adaptive learning to produce greater efficiencies and more comprehensive learning in perceptual and categorical learning. For more information, contact

July 2015

Professor Kellman is promoted to Distinguished Professor in the UCLA Psychology Department, and is appointed Adjunct Professor of Surgery in the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.

January 23, 2015

Professor Kellman served as an expert in the White House Workshop on Bridging Neuroscience and Learning.

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October 2014

Professor Kellman is featured in the Faculty Spotlight on the UCLA Psychology website.

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December 2013

Phil Kellman, Director of the UCLA HPL, has been elected to the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the oldest honorary society in scientific psychology. (Click here for an early picture of the Society.)

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September 2013

The UCLA Human Perception Laboratory has begun testing in 32 schools in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area as part of a major scale-up project to study perceptual and adaptive learning interventions in middle-school mathematics. The project, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences of the US Department of Education, is a collaboration between UCLA (Phil Kellman, PI) and two teams at the University of Pennsylvania: one at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS), Christine Massey, Co-PI; and one at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Andrew Porter and Laura Desimone, Co-PIs. This project is following up earlier successful results of perceptual-adaptive learning modules to improve learning of fractions and measurement.

July 2013

The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded the UCLA Human Perception Laboratory, in collaboration with the UCLA Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT) , a grant to study and develop cutting edge learning technologies in medical simulation. The goal of the project is to apply perceptual and adaptive learning technologies to simulation in surgical training, with one major goal being to reduce reliance on live animals in surgical training. Erik Dutson, MD is the PI on this project and Phil Kellman is the Co-PI.