Perception & Action Seminar

The Perception & Action Seminar Series explores a wide range of research in the domain of human perception and controlling action.

The talks take place in Metcalf Research Building, Room 305 (Dome room), and are open to members of the Brown community.

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2020 Speakers


  • Sept. 17 - Anthony Bruno, Kei Yoshida, Yifei "Jerry" Hu, Brown University: Visual and Auditory Polyrhythm Perception,Beyond Fitts’s Law: A Three-Phase Model Predicts Movement Time to Position an Object in an Immersive 3D Virtual Environment, Perceptual-motor Recalibration in Naturalistic and Virtual Environments
  • Sept. 24 - Melisa Menceloglu, Brown University: Behavioral and EEG Investigations of Temporal Orienting of Attention in Vision & Audition
  • Oct. 1 - James Todd, Ohio State University: The perceptual categorization of surface materials
  • Oct. 8 - Joshua Liddy, Brown University: Exploring mechanisms of postural instability using novel balance technology
  • Oct. 15 - Rebecca Spencer, University of Massachusetts Amherst: Sleep’s role in motor learning: from development to aging
  • Oct. 22 - Bijan Pesaran, New York University: The channel modulation hypothesis and coordinated visual behavior
  • Oct. 29 - Josh McDermott, MIT: Neural Network Models of Human Hearing
  • Nov. 5 - Kristina Visscher, University of Alabama at Birmingham: The cortical underpinnings of central vs. peripheral vision, and changes after central vision loss
  • Nov. 12 - Nicole Rust, University of Pennsylvania: The neural mechanisms that support image memory
  • Nov. 19 - Zhiyan Wang, Brown University: Visual perceptual learning of faces- a study with Body Dysmorphic Disorder Patients
  • Dec. 3 - Jacob Feldman, Rutgers University

2018-2019 Speakers


  • Sept. 20 - John Maule, University of Sussex: Colour perception in autism: Summary statistics, adaptation and priors
  • Sept. 27 - Tyler Barnes-Diana & Meghan Willcoxon, Brown University
  • Oct. 3 - James Dixon, UConn: Lessons on Perception-Action from Dissipative Structures
  • Oct. 11 - Junkyung Kim, Brown University: Horizontal mechanisms of perceptual grouping
  • Oct. 25 - Dian Yu, MIT: Modeling peripheral vision – Rethinking grouping (and more) in the periphery
  • Nov. 8 - Chris Sims, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Nov. 15 - Carlo Campagnoli, Princeton University
  • Nov. 29 - Zsuzsa Kaldy, UMass, Boston
  • Dec. 6 - Robert Desimone, MIT
  • Feb. 14 - Leslie Lai, Brown University
  • Mar. 7 - Miyoung Kwon, U. Alabama
  • Mar. 14 - David Landsberger, NYUMC
  • Mar. 21 - Charles Gilbert, Rockefeller University
  • Apr. 11 - Jacob Feldman, Rutgers
  • Apr. 18 - Michele Rucci, Rochester
  • Apr. 25 - Jody Culham, U Western Ontario

Past Speakers


  • Narcisse Bichot, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Michael Cinelli, Wilfrid Laurier University-Waterloo

  • Randy Flanagan, Queen’s University

  • Benjamin Jee, Rhode Island College

  • Santani Teng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Anna Kosovicheva, Northeastern University

  • Daniel Yamins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Edward Large, University of Connecticut

  • Ella Amit, Harvard University

  • Heiko Hecht, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

  • Jonathan Winawer, New York University

  • Joshua Ewen, Kennedy Krieger Institute

  • Mike Esterman, Boston University

  • Nicoletta Orlandi, UC-Santa Cruz

  • Peter Bex, Northeastern University

  • Jordan Taylor, Princeton University

  • Ken Nakayama, Harvard University

  • Dhanraj Vishwantha, University of St. Andrews