Pelli Lab

Undergraduate Students

Many of these undergraduates worked with us through the NYU Center for Neural Science Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) which is supported by the NSF and every year brings about a dozen students here from other universities for an intense 10-week summer program.

  Olivia A. Jack (2014-2015). Honors thesis: "Differences in Online and Printed Newspapers: Perceived Advertisement Intrusiveness and Article Credibility". Awarded DURF grant. BA in Psychology at NYU 2015.
  Deborah Levy (2013-2014). Honor's thesis. BA in Psychology at NYU 2013.
 

Wendy Schnebelen (2010-2011). BA in Psychology at NYU 2011.

 

Elizabeth Grand (2009-2010). BA in Psychology at NYU 2010.

Nathaniel Blanco (2008-2009 ) Legibility. Majoring in Psychology, NYU.
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Alissa Cantone (2007-2008) "Why does eccentricity affect reading rate?" BA in Psychology, NYU, 2007. Cantone, Tillman, & Pelli (2008). Eccentric features integrate slowly [Abstract]. Journal of Vision.
Jeremy Freeman (summer 2006 SURP & Leadership Alliance) Freeman & Pelli (2007) An escape from crowding. Journal of Vision. BA Swarthmore 2008. Goldwater Scholar for 2007 (up to $7,500), selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,110 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Now graduate student in Neural Science at NYU.
Jordan Suchow (summer 2009; summer 2008; summer 2007; summer 2006 SURP & Leadership Alliance) "Learning letters." BA Brandeis 2009. Suchow & Pelli (2008). Letter learning: Feature detection and integration [Abstract]. Journal of Vision. Suchow & Pelli (submitted) "Learning to detect and combine the features of an object". Now graduate student in Psychology at Harvard University with George Alvarez.

Shirley Poyau (2006) "Crowding of reading."

Kathleen Fourte (2005-2006) "Spatiotemporal crowding in reading."

photo Momosuke Araki (2005-ongoing) Honors thesis: "Bodies are processed as wholes for emotion recognition." Graduated with honors in Psychology, NYU, 2007.
Jeffrey Stott (summer 2005 SURP) “Spatial and temporal crowding in the recognition of words and faces.” pdf Interned in Nick's zebra finch lab at the University of Minnesota. In fall 2006 worked on epilepsy therapeutics in the lab of Dr. Michael Rogawski, Chief, Epilepsy Research Section, NINDS.
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Katharine Tillman (2004-ongoing) Lab manager. Pelli & Tillman (2007) Parts, wholes, and context in reading: A triple dissociation. PLoS ONE. Pelli, Tillman, Freeman, Su, Berger, & Majaj (2007) Crowding and eccentricity determine reading rate. Journal of Vision. Pelli & Tillman (2008) The uncrowded window of object recognition. Nature Neuroscience.

Shuang Guo (2004-2005) Honors thesis, "A three-process theory of reading rate-Letters, words, and sentences". Now applying to medical school. Sixth author on Visual Sciences Society poster, May 2005.

(Left) Left to right: Ameer Thompson, Emily Huang, Garga Chatterjee, and Brancusi's Sleeping Muse I at the Guggenheim Museum. (Right) Garga, Emily, and Ameer. 2004

Garga Chatterjee (summer 2004 SURP) “Visual identification of designed symbols and signs - holistic or by parts?” Author on ECVP 2004 abstract published in Perception. Graduated in Medicine and now interning in neurology at Medical College, University of Calcutta, India. Now graduate student with Ken Nakayama in Psychology at Harvard.

Emily Huang (summer 2004 SURP) “Visual object resolution is preattentive.” Graduated from Princeton University 2005. Now medical student at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.

Ameer Thompson (summer 2004 SURP) “What makes a good face? Isolating and recognizing faces.” Author on ECVP 2004 abstract published in Perception. Graduated in 2005 from California State University, Sacramento. Now a PhD student in the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology program at UC Davis.

Jodi Gilman (summer 2003 SURP) “Where are letters learned? An fMRI study” presented at NYU pdf. Now graduate student in Neuroscience at Brown University.

Erica Ramos (summer 2003 SURP) “Where are letters learned? An fMRI study” presented at NYU pdf. Now graduate student in School Psychology PhD program at Fordham University.

Neisha D'Souza (summer 2002 SURP) “Efficiency for identifying filtered letters” presented at ECVP 2002. Now helping AIDS patients at Positive People Foundation in Goa, India.

Tracey Berger (2001–2002) Honor’s thesis, “Seeing sound: Changing visual perception through cross-modal interaction,” pdf Berger, Martelli, & Pelli (2003) Flicker flutter: Is an illusory event as good as the real thing? Journal of Vision pdf. Pelli, Tillman, Freeman, Su, Berger, & Majaj (2007) Crowding and eccentricity determine reading rate. Journal of Vision. BA Psychology and Sociology (dual major) NYU 2002. Juris Doctor at Northwestern U Law School, 2006. Now Associate at the Bingham law firm in San Francisco.

EvaRose Dwyer (summer 2001 SURP) “When independence fails” presented at ECVP 2001. Now working with Donald Pfaff on neurobiology and behavior at Rockefeller University.

Rachel Insler (summer 2001 SURP) “When independence fails” presented at ECVP 2001. Now graduate student in Cognitive Neuroscience at Columbia University.

photo Michael Su (2001–2004) “Reading quickly in the periphery” presented at VSS pdf. Pelli, Tillman, Freeman, Su, Berger, & Majaj (2007) Crowding and eccentricity determine reading rate. Journal of Vision.. BA NYU 2004. Now medical student at NYU Medical School.

Asmita Mishra (2001–2002) “Development of efficiency for identification with age” presented at ECVP pdf.

Gunjan Baweja (2000–ongoing) “Development of efficiency for identification with age” presented at ECVP pdf. Now medical student at St. George's University, Grenada.

Laurie Smith (summer 2000) “The threshold for beauty in art” presented at ECVP 2002. Now graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University.

Chris Christian (1999–2000) “Grouping of features in letter identification.” Now medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Noah Raizman (summer 1999 SURP) “Grouping of features in letter identification.” Now medical student at College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.

Yulia Gutman (1999–2000) “Identifying letters and words.” BA summa cum laude in Psychology with a minor in Sociology NYU 2002. Phi Beta Kappa. Now graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at St. Johns University. She's externing at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

Taku Taira (1998–1999) Honor's thesis, “The fragile edges of block-averaged portraits.” pdf BA in Psychology NYU 1999. Now medical student at SUNY Stony Brook.

Melanie Palomares (1998–1999) Honor's thesis. Published in Journal of Vision pdf, Vision Research pdf, and Science (correspondence) [full text]. After graduating, Neuroscience NYU 1999, Melanie stayed on as our lab manager for two years. Received PhD in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University 2006. Now postdoc with Tony Norcia at Smith Kettlewell Institute for Visual Science.

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