Director: Michael McCloskey
Research in the lab focuses on normal and impaired cognitive functioning in the areas of:
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Our goals are to:
We bring a variety of methods to bear on these issues, including:
The sharp contrasts in this patient’s memory profile—her inability to remember facts about pursuits once vital to her life as an artist, musician, and amateur aviator, while clearly remembering facts relevant to performing in these domains—suggest conventional wisdom about how the brain stores knowledge is incorrect. The findings are now available online.
Drs. McCloskey and Landau research an amnesic artist. A virus essentially obliterated an artist’s hippocampus, and she can no longer recall what happened five minutes earlier. Her life has become an endless series of jump cuts.
Cognitive scientists devise alphabets that allow subjects to read again — an article published in the Johns Hopkins Gazette on Dr. McCloskey’s research.
This project explores the early stages of visual word recognition, in which the stimulus word is processed to determine the identities and positions of the individual letters. We are studying the reading abilities of a patient with acquired dyslexia—a reading disorder resulting from brain damage—to gain insight into letter shape, identity, and position representations.
We have discovered a previously unknown perceptual deficit that selectively affects the ability to see letters and numbers. Two cases of the impairment (which we are calling Alphanumeric Visual Awareness Disorder, or AVAD) have been identified, and we are actively searching for additional cases, probing the causes and consequences of the disorder, and working to […]
This project uses cognitive neuropsychological methods and studies of normal adults and children to explore how the brain represents two very basic properties of visual stimuli: location and orientation.
In this project cognitive neuropsychological studies of brain-damaged patients reveal properties of the computational architecture and orthographic representations that underlie reading and spelling performance.
How much can we learn about normal visual perception and cognition from a malfunctioning visual system? Quite a lot, as Michael McCloskey makes abundantly clear in this book.