Department of Psychology
My research explores the interactions between visual attention, memory, perception, and eye movements. Our brains construct rich perceptual experiences from the rawest of visual inputs: spots of light hitting different places on our eyes. In a fraction of a second, we integrate this information to recognize objects, deduce their locations, and plan complex actions and behaviors. But although visual perception feels smooth and seamless, this process is far more complex than it appears. My lab studies human behavior and brain function to investigate how visual properties such as color, shape, and spatial location are perceived and coded in the brain, and how these representations are influenced by eye movements, shifts of attention, and other dynamic cognitive processes. We use a variety of tools in my lab, including neuroimaging (fMRI & EEG), gaze-contingent eye-tracking, human psychophysics, and computational analyses.
Julie obtained a B.S. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University, working with Art Wingfield and Mike Kahana. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience from Yale University with Marvin Chun and Jamie Mazer, and then was a post-doctoral research fellow with Nancy Kanwisher at MIT before joining the faculty at Ohio State in 2012. She has won early career awards including Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Early Career Impact Award, and APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.