Cognition & Perception — Graduated PhDs

Recent PhDs from our program are now postdocs and faculty at various universities and researchers in key industries. Beyond the PhD Advisor listings here, consult individual faculty pages for mentoring at other levels and institutions. For most students, PubMed links are supplied to help you find some of their publications. However, many students also have publications in journals not included in PubMed, and you may find additional publications in other databases such as PsychInfo (from within NYU), ISI Web of Science, Scirus. This page includes most of the students who have received the PhD from our program since 1990.

Barbot Dr. Antoine Barbot
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Rochester
PhD 2014: On the automaticity and flexibility of covert spatial attention
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Chen

Dr. Stephanie Chen
Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Decision Research
University of Chicago
PhD 2014: Category-Based Induction with Uncertain Categories
Advisor: Gregory Murphy
PubMed

Ezzyat Dr. Youssef Ezzyat
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Pennsylvania
PhD 2014: The influence of event structure on episodic memory encoding and retrieval
Advisor: Lila Davachi
PubMed
Fruchter Dr. Joseph Fruchter
PhD 2014: Frequency as a window into language
Advisor: Alec Marantz
PubMed
Tubridy Dr. Shannon Tubridy
Postdoctoral Fellow
New York University
PhD 2014: Formation and Reactivation of Episodic Associations
Advisor: Lila Davachi
PubMed
Ackermann Dr. John Ackermann
Postdoctoral Fellow
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Harvard University
PhD 2013: Three elements of visual decision making
Advisor: Michael Landy
PubMed
Cole Dr. Aaron Bornstein
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton University
PhD 2013: Functions of the hippocampal memory system in instrumental control
Advisor: Nathaniel Daw
PubMed
Bornstein Dr. Whitney Cole
Postdoctoral Researcher
NYU
PhD 2013: Effects of experience in perceptual-motor development
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed
Grubb Dr. Michael Grubb
Postdoctoral Researcher
NYU Center for Neuroeconomics
PhD 2013: Spatial attention in autism spectrum disorder
Advisors: David Heeger & Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Krehm Madelaine Krehm
PhD 2013: Cross-modal correspondences and language learning
Advisor: Athena Vouloumanos
PubMed
Markant

Dr. Douglas Markant
Postdoctoral Researcher
Center for Adaptive Rationality
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
PhD 2013: Uncertainty sampling: Computational analyses of self-directed exploration and learning
Advisors: Todd Gureckis
PubMed

McDonnell Dr. John McDonnell
Data Scientist
Square
PhD 2013: Computational level accounts of belief formation and revision in humans
Advisor: Todd Gureckis
PubMed
Tark Dr. Kyeong Jin Tark
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yonsei University
PhD 2013: The representation of auditory space in human frontal and parietal cortex
Advisor: Clay Curtis
PubMed
White Dr. Alex White
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience
and the Humboldt University Berlin
PhD 2013: Feature-based attention across the visual field
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Abrams Dr. Jared Abrams
Postdoctoral Researcher
Center for Perceptual Systems
University of Texas, Austin
PhD 2012: The functional sources of visual performance fields
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Bemis

Dr. Doug Bemis
Postdoctoral Researcher
INSERM Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, CEA Neurospin
Gif-sur-Yvette, France
PhD 2012: Simple composition during language processing: An MEG investigation
Advisor: Liina Pylkkanen
PubMed

Juni Dr. Mordechai Juni
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD 2012: Integration of unreliable visual information
Advisor: Larry Maloney
PubMed
Rabaglia

Dr. Cristina Rabaglia
Postdoctoral Researcher
Dept. of Psychology
University of Toronto
PhD 2012: Individual differences in cognitive abilities: Overlapping aggregate theory of positive manifold
Advisor: Gary Marcus
PubMed

Rosen Dr. Sarah Rosen
PhD 2012: The gestalt laws explain visual crowding
Advisor: Denis Pelli
 

Dr. Dylan Simon
Systems Architect
Databrary.org
PhD 2012: Model-based reinforcement learning in humans: Computations, limitations, and trade-offs
Advisor: Nathaniel Daw
PubMed

Dr. Katherine Duncan
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Psychology
Columbia University
PhD 2011: Neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying human episodic encoding and retrieval
Advisor: Lila Davachi
Dr. Emma Ferneyhough
Enterprise engineer
Crowdflower, San Francisco, CA
PhD 2011: Emotional modulation of visual attention
Advisor: Elizabeth Phelps and Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Dr. John Franchak
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department Psychology
New York University
PhD 2011: Perception and action in infants, children, and adults
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed
Dr. Holly Gerhard
Postdoctoral Researcher
Computational Vision & Neuroscience Lab
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany
PhD 2010: Processing in visual and motor tasks
Advisor: Larry Maloney
PubMed
Dr. Catherine Hartley
Assistant Professor
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York
PhD 2011: Individual differences in the expression and control of conditioned fear
Advisor: Elizabeth Phelps

Dr. Katrin Herrmann
Academic Research Program Manager
GE Healthcare, Munich, Germany
PhD 2011: How attention affects visual processing: Testing the normalization model of attention
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco and David Heeger
PubMed

Dr. Akiko Ikkai
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department Psychology
Johns Hopkins University
PhD 2010: Roles of prefrontal and posterior parietal cortices in the control of spatial attention
Advisor: Clay Curtis
PubMed
Dr. Shin Woo Kim
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial Psychology
Kwangwoon University, Seoul, South Korea
PhD 2010: The role of knowledge representation in categorization, category learning, and typicality
Advisor: Bob Rehder
PubMed

Dr. Andrea Martin
Lecturer
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh
PhD 2010: Memory operations and structures in sentence comprehension: Evidence from ellipsis
Advisor: Brian McElree
PubMed Publications

Dr. Leila Montaser-Kouhsari
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department Neuroeconomics
California Institute of Technology
PhD 2010: How modulatory factors affect visual perception: The role of context, location and attention
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco and David Heeger
PubMed
Dr. Hugh Rabagliati
Chancellor's Fellow
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh
PhD 2010: Shifting senses in semantic developments
Advisor: Gary Marcus and Liina Pylkkanen
PubMed
Dr. Peter Sokol-Hessner
Postdoctoral Fellow
New York University
PhD 2010: Integrating Emotion and Decision-Making: Implicit Bias, Arousal, and Regulation
Advisor: Elizabeth Phelps
PubMed
Dr. Kasey Soska
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Department of Psychology
Florida International University
PhD 2010: Developmental Cascades: From Postural Control to Visual Cognition
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed
Dr. Jacqueline M. Fulvio
Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
PhD 2009: Completion of occluded contours: Evidence against an isomorphism model of internal representation
Advisor: Larry Maloney
PubMed
Dr. Stuart Fuller
PhD 2009: Exogenous attention: effects on appearance and the influence of cue salience
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed

Dr. Simone Gill
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
Boston University
PhD 2009: The Development of Adaptation
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed
Dr. Shaziela Ishak
Assistant Professor
Psychology, School of Social Science and Human Services
Ramapo College of New Jersey
PhD 2009 Detecting Possibilities for Action by Infants, Children & Adults
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed Publications
  Dr. Barbara Montagna
PhD 2009: Perceptual Consequences of Endogenous and Exogenous Attention
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Dr. Bernhard Staresina
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow
MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
PhD 2009: Neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying episodic memory formation in humans
Advisor: Lila Davachi
PubMed


Dr. Yun-Xian Ho
Manager - Data Analysis
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
PhD 2008
Advisors: Mike Landy and Larry Maloney
PubMed
Dr. Iike Oztekin
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Koç University
PhD 2008 Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms that Support Retrieval from Working Memory
Advisor: Brian McElree
PubMed
Dr. Franco Pestilli
Research Associate
Department of Psychology
Stanford University
PhD 2008 The Effects of Attention on Contrast Perception
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Dr. Sarah Shuwairi
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Haverford College
PhD 2008 The Development of Coherent Object Processing in Early Infancy
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed
Dr. Shih-Wei Wu
Assistant Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience
School of Life Science
National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
PhD 2008 Human decision under risk in goal-directed movements
Advisor: Larry Maloney

Dr. Aaron B. Hoffman
Quantitative Analyst
Frank N. Magid Associates
PhD 2007 Attention Dynamics in Category Learning
Advisor: Bob Rehder
PubMed

Dr. Sam Ling
Assistant Professor
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Boston University
PhD 2007 How Attention Affects Perception
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed Publications

Dr. Katja Doerschner
Assistant Professor
Bilkent University, Turkey
PhD 2006: Perception of Surface Color in Complex Three-Dimensional Scenes
Advisor: Larry Maloney
PubMed

Dr. Amy Joh
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Duke University
PhD 2006 Prospective Control of Action in Infants, Children, and Adults
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed

Dr. Sara Levens
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
PhD 2006
Advisor: Elizabeth Phelps
PubMed

Dr. Andreas Olsson
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Psychology
Karolinska Institutet
PhD: 2006 Learning From and About Others: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Social Fear Learning
Advisor: Elizabeth Phelps
PubMed

Dr. Tali Sharot
Research Fellow
Welcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging
University College - London
Visiting Professor
Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience
McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
PhD 2006
Advisor: Elizabeth Phelps
PubMed

Dr. Jacquline Snyder
PhD 2006: Scene Segmentation in Depth: Human Visual Information Processing of Multi-Dimensional Displays
Advisor: Larry Maloney
PubMed
Dr. Dima Amso
Assistant Professor
Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences
Brown University
PhD 2005: Visual Selective Attention in Infancy: Support for Early Perception and Learning
Advisor: Scott Johnson
PubMed

Dr. Mathieu Le Corre
Assistant Professor
Centro de Investigación Transdisciplinar en Psicología
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernevaca, México
PhD 2005 The Construction of the Positive Integers: A Case Study of Human Cognition as a Product of Evolution and Culture
Advisor: Susan Carey
PubMed

Dr. Stephani Foraker
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Buffalo State (SUNY)
PhD 2004 The Mechanisms Involved in the Pronominence of Referent Representations During Pronoun Conference
Advisor: Brian McElree
PubMed
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Dr. Lisa Feigenson
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
John Hopkins University
PhD 2003 On the Computations Underlying Infants' Representation of Objects and Number
Advisor: Susan Carey
PubMed
Dr. Karen S. Frieder
Psychologist
North Central Bronx Hospital
PhD 2003: Negative priming and covert attention: Implications for studying clinical populations with attentional deficits
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
Dr. Justin Halberda
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
PhD 2003: Word-learning as logical inference: Disjunctive syllogism and the word-learning strategy mutual exclusivity across development
Advisor: Susan Carey
PubMed
Dr. Ipek Oruç
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of British Columbia
PhD 2003 Three Studies on Perception of Texture-Defined Form and Depth Cue Combination
Advisor: Mike Landy
PubMed
Dr. Melissa Allen
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Lancaster University
PhD 2003: Picture representation in children with autism and normally developing 24-month-old toddlers
Advisor: Susan Carey
PubMed
Dr. Cigdem Penpeci Talgar
Director
Center for Advanced Teaching & Learning through Research
Northeastern University
PhD 2002: Characterizing the attentional mechanisms that affect perception
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed
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Dr. Sarah E. Berger
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, CUNY
PhD 2001: Cognition in Locomotion: Infants' Executive Functioning in Goal-Directed Locomotor Tasks
Advisor: Karen Adolph
PubMed
Dr. Glen M. Doniger
Neurotrax and Ono Academic College
PhD 2001: High-density electrical mapping of perceptual closure processes
Advisor: Gay Snodgrass
PubMed
Dr. Jin Fan
Professor
Department of Psychology
Queens College (CUNY)
PhD 2000 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Source Versus Fact Memory
Advisor: Gay Snodgrass
PubMed — "J. Fan AND (Sackler OR Posner)"

Dr. Patrick O. Dolan
Associate Professor
Psychology Department
Drew University
PhD 1999 Response Biases, Implicit Learning, and the Effects of Age
Advisor: Larry L. Jacoby
PubMed — "P.O. Dolan NOT nursing"

Dr. Joong Nam Yang
PhD 1999: Illuminant estimation in surface color perception
Advisor: Larry Maloney
PubMed — "J.N. Yang AND perception"
Dr. Wei Yang
Sias International University
Xinzheng, Henan Province, China
PhD 1999: Lifetime of human visual sensory memory: Properties and neural substrate
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed — "W. Yang AND memory"
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Dr. Yaffa Yeshurun
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of Haifa, Israel
PhD 1999: How does attention aid visual perception? Support for enhanced resolution
Advisor: Marisa Carrasco
PubMed — "Y. Yeshurun AND attention"
Dr. Hikari Kinjo
PhD 1998: Recognition memory vs. source memory: A comparison of their time-course in a speed-accuracy trade-off paradigm
Advisor: Gay Snodgrass
PubMed — "H. Kinjo AND (snodgrass OR memory)"
Dr. Gisela Jia
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Lehmann College, City University of New York (CUNY)
PhD 1998: Beyond brain maturation: The critical period hypothesis in second language acquisition revisited
Advisors: Doris Aaronson, Brian McElree, and Martin D.S. Braine
PubMed
Dr. Peter D. Sparks
PhD 1998: The role of the septal complex in the modulation of emotion
Advisor: Joseph LeDoux
PubMed — "P.D. Sparks NOT emission NOT magnetization"
Dr. Sabina Wolfson
Associate Research Scientist
Psychology Department
Columbia University
PhD 1998: Thrice Rice: Three Studies in Texture Perception
Advisor: Mike Landy
PubMed
Dr. Tanya Yuditsky
Engineering Research Psychologist
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
PhD 1998 Picture Naming and Picture Fragment Identification: An Investigation Using a Priming Paradigm
Advisor: Gay Snodgrass
Publications
Dr. Maria A. Morgan
Degree candidate, Master of Professional Studies in Clinical Psychological Science
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
University of Maryland
PhD 1997: Prefrontal cortex subregions and their involvement in the acquisition and extinction of conditioned fear
Advisor: Joseph LeDoux
PubMed
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Dr. Yingrui Yang
Associate Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD 1997 Predicting the Difficulty of Predicate-Logic Inference Problems: An Empirical Examination of a Predicate Logic Model
Advisor: David P. O'Brien and Gay Snodgrass
Dr. Mark J. Young
Designer
Google
PhD 1996 The Internal Representation of Visually Perceived Three-Dimensional Shape: A Test for Metric Structure on Local Surface Patches
Advisor: Mike Landy
PubMed — "M. Young AND Landy"
Dr. Janet Mindes
Consultant
Center for Bioethics
Columbia University
PhD 1995: The relationship between affect and recognition memory for reproductions of paintings
Advisor: Gay Snodgrass
PubMed
Dr. Miriam Z. Mintzer
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
PhD 1995: The cost of surface change in recognition memory for pictures and words
Advisor: Gay Snodgrass
PubMed
Dr. Russell G. Phillips
Deltagen Inc.
PhD 1994: Hippocampal and amygdala interactions in the formation of emotional memories to context: Fear and loathing in context
Advisor: Joseph LeDoux
PubMed — "R. Phillips AND (LeDoux OR Sapolsky)"
Dr. Patricia J. Brooks
Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, CUNY
PhD 1993: What do Children Know about Universal Quantifiers?
Advisor: Martin D.S. Braine
PubMed
Dr. Pamela Dalton
Member
Monell Chemical Senses Center
PhD 1993: Context Effects on Item and Source Memory
Advisor: Gay Snodgrass
PubMed — "P. Dalton AND perception"
bookDr. R. Brooke Lea
Professor of Psychology
Macalester College
PhD 1993: The time course of propositional-logic inferences in text comprehension
Advisor: Martin D.S. Braine
PubMed
Dr. Yael Cycowicz
Cognitive Electrophysiology Laboratory
New York State Psychiatric Institute
PhD 1992: Suppression of spontaneous cortical activity during visual and verbal tasks
Advisor: Lloyd Kaufman
PubMed
Dr. Ira A. Noveck
Team Leader of Reasoning, Development, and Pragmatics
Institut des Sciences Cognitives
Centre National de Recherche Scientifique
Lyon, France
PhD 1992: How is performance on the selection task affected by pragmatic reasoning schemas?
Advisor: Martin D.S. Braine
PubMed
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Dr. Shui-I Shih
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
University of Southampton
PhD 1992: Attentional components in early visual processing: A strength model of visual selective attention
Advisor: George Sperling
PubMed
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Dr. Joshua A. Solomon
Professor
Centre for Applied Vision Research, City University, London
PhD 1992: 2nd-order processes in the human perception of motion and texture
Advisor: George Sperling
PubMed — "J.A. Solomon AND (perception or mathematica)"
Dr. Maria Kambouri
Lecturer, Institute of Education
University of London
PhD 1991: Knowledge assessment: A comparison between human experts and computerized procedures
Advisors: Jean-Claude Falmagne and Mike Landy
Dr. Kisok Kim
Associate Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology
Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
PhD 1991: Recognition memory: the effect of speed versus accuracy instructions and study time in the mirror effect
Advisor: Murray Glanzer
PubMed — "K. Kim AND memory"
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Dr. Daniel Kiper
Privat Dozent
Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften Fakultät
University of Zurich
PhD 1991: The spatial vision of monkeys with experimental strabismus
Advisor: Tony Movshon
PubMed
Dr. Sophie Wuerger
Professor
Psychological Sciences
University of Liverpool, UK
PhD 1991: Depth interpolation, structure-from-motion for chromatic and luminance stimuli, and color appearance under chromatic adaptation
Advisors: Mike Landy and John Krauskopf
PubMed
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Dr. Karl Gegenfurtner
Professor
Dept. of Psychology
Giessen University, Germany
PhD 1990: Iconic memory, color discrimination and contrast detection
Advisors: George Sperling, John Krauskopf, and Tony Movshon
PubMed
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Dr. Suzan Uysal
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
& Staff Neuropsychologist, Phelps Hospital, North Tarrytown
& Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Dept., NYU
PhD 1990: The effects of chronic naltrexone treatment on lateral hypothalmic self-stimulation, stimulation-escape and stimulation-induced feeding
Advisor: Ted Coons
PubMed — "S. Uysal AND (Mt.Sinai OR Carr OR Reich)"
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