Research Projects & Lab News
April 5, 2018
The Devil’s in the g-tails
This fun study shows how most people are essentially unaware of the more common version of the lowercase print letter “g” and explores the possible implications. The paper was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, authored by junior Kimberly Wong, alum Frempongma Wadee (A&S ’17 BA), grad student Gali Elenblum […]
May 12, 2017
Kim Wong receives a STAR award!
Cognitive science major Kim Wong, a sophomore, was chosen to receive a STAR funding award for summer research in our lab. Congratulations Kim!
July 1, 2016
How a woman with amnesia defies conventional wisdom about memory
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.
March 30, 2015
Life Lines: An Artist with Amnesia
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. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/30/an-artist-with-amnesia
June 25, 2013
Tricking the brain to read
Cognitive scientists devise alphabets that allow subjects to read again — an article published in the Johns Hopkins Gazette on Dr. McCloskey’s research. https://hub.jhu.edu/gazette/2013/june/features-tricking-the-brain/
February 26, 2013
Early Levels of Representation in Reading
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.
February 13, 2013
Discovering and Treating a New Form of Reading Impairment
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 […]
August 2, 2011
Representation of Visual Location and Orientation
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.
Representations and Computations in the Lexical System
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.