Jul 17, 2023. The DML is proud to announce that Katelyn’s honours thesis, which explored the integration of whole-person perception, has received well-deserved recognition for its excellence from the Canadian Psychological Association!
May 18-24, 2023. The Different Minds Lab was present once again at the annual Vision Science Society meeting in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida! Katelyn, Jim, and Amy each presented posters of their most recent work. Later in the week, they attended a local Blue Jays game with former labmate Alison Campbell!
April 21-22, 2023. The Different Minds Lab presented five separate projects at NOrthWest Cognition & Memory 2023, hosted at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Campus. The lab members received great feedback from their peers and feel very pleased with the final versions of their presentations.
Amy vanWell – Conceptualizing categories: How do we represent the objects we see?
Anna Lawrance – How malleable are your judgements? The effect of subliminal priming on similarity judgements
Katelyn Forner – Does the face say it all? Examining integration in whole-person perception
Jessica Silverman – Motivation as a moderating variable for learning performance
Jim Tanaka – Improving police lineup construction using psychological embeddings: An objective measure of perceptual similarity
Kyla Basbaum, presented by Laura Devonshire – Can you be an expert? Fast and slow learning in an object categorization task
Apr 17, 2023. NSERC has granted Anna an Undergraduate Student Research Award, providing her with the funding to hold a research position at the DML this summer. During this time, she will investigate the application of PsiZ in educational settings, focusing on the development of rock expertise.
June 30, 2022 Amy has received a Psychology Graduate Award for her 2022 VSS Conference Presentation, and Alison has received an award for her 2022-2023 teaching positions.
May 13-19, 2022. The Different Minds Lab was finally able to make its way back to Vision Science Society in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida! Alison, Jim, and Amy each presented posters of their most recent work. Jim and Amy were also able to make a splash on Monday’s Demo Night with a gaze-contingent paradigm of the new Gazer program.
April 28-30, 2022. The Different Minds Lab presented five separate projects at NOrthWest Cognition & Memory 2022, hosted at Simon Fraser University, Surrey Campus. As the first in-person conference we’ve attended since 2019, this conference was a great success!
Amy vanWell – Gazer: The temporal and spatial resolution of a web-based eye tracking system [pdf]
Tahirih Nasseri – Emotion recognition of genuine versus posed expressions
Katelyn Forner & Isabella Schopper – Does the face say it all? How face information influences body perception [pdf]
Allie Rolle & Kyla Basbaum – Is it who you know? Cross-race perception of facial expressions in Black and White groups [pdf]
Ipek Cukurova & Olivia Longpre, presented by Jessica Silverman – Investigating individual differences in visual word recognition using a lexical decision task and the north american adult reading [pdf]
Dec 1, 2021 Alison has won the Norma Wilson Graduate Scholarship, M.A. & D.E. Breckenridge Graduate Awards, and Donald Wagg Graduate Scholarship.
Nov 4, 2021. At virtual OPAM 2021, Amy will present a poster titled “Investigating the time course of exogenous attention using a web-based eye-tracking tool”. The poster describes the details of her new tool Gazer, which will allow vision scientists to conduct eye-tracking using laptop cameras.
June 1, 2021. Alison has won the President’s Research-Enriched Teaching Fellowship for her proposed reinvention of the upper-level undergraduate class on cognitive psychology. This award helps PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to embrace new teaching and mentoring opportunities and provide more research-based learning experiences for undergraduate students.
May 21-23, 2021 Congratulations to our lab members presenting at the 2021 Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting
Tahirih Altair, James Tanaka, Amy Dawel, & Amy vanWell, Emotion recognition of perceived genuine or posed expressions using web-based eye tracking
Katelyn Forner, James Tanaka, & Isabella Schopper, Evaluating faces and bodies: Does body information influence face perception?
Olivia Longpre, James Tanaka, Ipek Cukurova, & Amy vanWell, Investigating the Effects of Orthography, Neighborhood Density, and Frequency on Single Word Recognition in a Visual Search Task
Amy vanWell, James Tanaka, Xiaoyi Liu, & Jacob Martin, Investigating the Time Course of Face Perception Using Web-based Eye Tracking
Apr 1, 2021. Amy has been awarded the CGS-M Alexander Graham Bell scholarship, and UVIC’s President Research award, for her proposed graduate-level research. Amy will begin her Master’s in Psychology with Dr. Jim Tanaka as her supervisor in September 2021. Her first research focus will be to finish development of her Gazer eye-tracking method, and create publishable research showing its efficacy in recording visual search behaviour.
November 19, 2020 At Virtual OPAM 2020, Alison will present a series of experiments we conducted to test whether visual masks can be manipulated to disrupt face identity processing at different levels of the visual hierarchy. OPAM 28 will be held online on November 28-29 and registration is free!
Campbell, A. & Tanaka, J. W. Conscious visual perception of face identity requires at least 33 ms of uninterrupted low-level processing and 100 ms of uninterrupted high-level processing. Talk Session 4, Thursday November 19, 2:45 pm CST for live talk and Q & A session.
Aug 3 – Aug 14 Amy van Well will be hosting a workshop that will aim to provide participants with the ability to develop vision science experiments using Psychopy. The workshop will introduce the fundamentals of programming using Python, and guide participants through the steps of creating a behavioural experiment of their own design.
June 12, 2020 See Campbell & Tanaka’s Face identification with SOAs of 33ms and 100ms with 4ms of stimulus exposure video poster presented at virtual-VSS 2020.
May 20, 2020 Jim will give a fun talk for Virtual Nerd Nite Victoria on “The neuroscience of the selfie: The search for identity and consciousness.” No entrance fee is required, but the good folks who sponsor Nerd Night ask for a voluntary donation of $5 per person (through Eventbrite). All proceeds will go to the Rapid Relief Fund from Victoria BC. For more info, go to victoriabc.nerdnite.com/2020/05/12/20th-may-2020-virtual-nerd-nite-victoria
April 29, 2020 The Different Minds Lab will host an online virtual conference Wednesday, April 29th, 2 PM to 3:30 PM (PDT). The conference will be an opportunity for us to share the latest research from our lab. Conference talks will cover a wide range of topics including lateralized face processing of holistic gist, trainability in perceptual expertise, own-face/body perception and familiarity effects in ultra-fast face recognition. The conference will take place on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Confirmed attendees for the conference include: Jake Martin (Georgetown University, US), Simen Hagen (Donders Institute, NL), Liz Gregory (University of British Columbia, CA), Amy Dawel (National Australian University, AU), Quoc Vuong (Newcastle University, UK), Stuart MacDonald (University of Victoria, CA) and Buyun Xu (Ministry of Justice, British Columbia). For more information, please email Jim Tanaka (email@example.com). To register for the conference, please email Karolina Pyszkowska (firstname.lastname@example.org).
April 13, 2020 Amy van Well has been granted an NSERC undergraduate research award for a summer research position. The focus of her project will be on the development of new experimental scripts in PsychoPy.
February 20, 2020 Alison Campbell will give a talk to students in the Uni-101 program on “Human perception and recognition.” Uni 101 provides introductory academic courses to people whose economic and social circumstances normally pose obstacles to university education.
February 13, 2020 As part of Otterbein University’s George W. ’21 and Mildred K. White Science Lecture Series, Jim Tanaka presented two talks on the psychology and neuroscience of own-face recognition.
February 3, 2020 Jacqueline Carhoun, Xiaoyi Liu and Amy van Well were recognized at the UVic Rising Star Awards Ceremony for exceptional academic and research work.
May 1, 2019 Amy Van Well joins DML as an NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Assistant.
May 1, 2020 Jim Tanaka delivered the keynote address at the 38th Banff Annual Seminar in Cognitive Science (BASICS) , May 3rd and 4th, Banff, Alberta.
September 1, 2017 Congratulations to Simen Hagen. Simen will begin a post-doctoral position in the new year with Bruno Rossion at the Central University Hospital (CHRU) in Nancy, France.