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Allie is the founder of the summer program. She works alongside the students from 10:00-4:00 daily. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley and is an expert in investigating how humans perceives complex groups in a brief glance. Selected publications include articles in Nature Communications & Annual Reviews of Psychology

UC Berkeley, PhD

Director of the

Perception Summer Program

ALLISON YAMANASHI LEIB 

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DAVID WHITNEY

Professor Whitney received his PhD from Harvard. He is the director of Whitney Laboratory, Professor Whitney does not attend the program. He sponsors the Perception Summer Program and designs all of the research experiments conducted in the

summer program. He is an expert in visual localization, motion perception, perceptual and motor crowding & visual impairments. He has authored over 200 publications in vision

science, including publications in Science, Nature, & Nature Neuroscience 

Professor at UC Berkeley

Department of Psychology &

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

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MAURO MANASSI

Mauro is a postdoctoral fellow in the Whitney lab studying how our visual system lets us achieve a coherent and stable percept. His work on organization and stabalization mechanisms was recently published in Current Biology.

UC Berkeley, PhD

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ZHIMIN CHEN

Zhimin is a PhD student in the Whitney lab. She explores how the visual system processes emotions of people in a dynamically changing scene. She also studies how the visual system processes information in both visual fields to provide a unified, stable percept.  

Her work was recently published in PNAS and Psychological Science

UC Berkeley, PhD Candidate

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YUKI MURAI

Yuki is a postdoctoral fellow in the Whitney lab. He is a 3 time recipient of the JPSP award. His expertise is on visual psychophysics and neuroimaging.  His work on Bayesian models of time perception is featured in Nature Scientific Reports.

UC Berkeley, PhD

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YE XIA

UC Berkeley, PhD 

Google

Ye is a PhD student in the Whitney lab working on interdisciplinary research connecting human vision science and computer vision. Check out this demo of his work that predicts human driver attention. He also works at Google on large-scale image recognition. 

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TERESA CANOS 

UC Berkeley, PhD Candidate

Teresa is a PhD student in the Whitney lab using eye tracking to investigate visual crowding and attention. She also works with Berkeley Deep Drive investigating drivers' attention while they are operating autonomous vehicles. 

UNDERGRADUATE

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Our undergraduate research assistants are a valuable part of our program. After graduating from our program, they pursue research careers at neuroscience labs across the country including labs at Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Brown, and Vanderbilt

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ANNA KOSOVICHEVA

UC Berkeley, PhD

NorthEastern University

Anna received her PhD from UC Berkeley. She created many Matlab and visual illusion demos used in the summer program. She is an expert in visual localization and individual differences in the visual system. Her work in the Whitney Lab is featured in Current Biology. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Bex laboratory, and is a collaborator at Harvard.