David Whitney

Research Expertise and Interest

cognitive neuroscience, cognition, attention, visual perception, vision, visually guided action, human factors

Research Description

The Whitney Lab investigates visual perception, attention, and visually guided action. Specific areas of interest include motion perception, perceptual localization, object and face recognition, scene perception, and visuomotor behavior.  Using a variety of techniques, including psychophysics, functional neuroimaging, and transcranial magnetic stimulation, they study visual and visuomotor function, with the goal of understanding the perceptual, cognitive, and neural mechanisms that allow humans to perceive and interact with objects in a dynamic world.

In the News

Face it. Our faces don’t always reveal our true emotions

A new study from UC Berkeley challenges decades of research positing that emotional intelligence and recognition are based largely on the ability to read micro-expressions signaling happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise, disgust, contempt and other positive and negative moods and sentiments.

Why the lights don’t dim when we blink

Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn’t blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light?
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