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Aaron Fath

MA (Cognitive Science), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
BA (Mathematics), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

I am a PhD candidate in Cognitive Science and Psychology. My research tackles problems relating to human perception and its consequences on the control of action, especially the role of motion perception in the execution of higher visual and motor functions. There are multiple sources of visual information about motion that allow for coherent, stable, and effective behavior across a variety of conditions. My current work is determining the utility of these forms of motion information in a variety of tasks including locomotion, reaching, manual coordination, perception of the time-to-contact, and shape perception.

email: ajfath at

Winona Snapp-Childs, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007

My current work focuses on 1) using haptic guidance as intervention for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), and 2) the learning of novel patterns of coordianation. Children with DCD have difficulties learning or acquiring new motor skills and are typically described as “clumsy” or “uncoordinated.” We have developed a research program that aims to evaluate children who might have DCD and to train children with DCD to perform more effective manual activities like reaching and handwriting using haptic guidance.

email: wsnappch at

Jing Samantha Pan

MA (Psychology), University of Chicago, USA
BA (Communication Studies), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

I joined the Perception and Action Lab in 2008. I am currently working on a project studying depth percetion. Additionally, topics that I am interested in include perception of affordances, motor variability and motor development. Previously, I worked in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Medical Center and before that I studied in Prof. Bennett Bertenthal's Perception and Action Lab at the University of Chicago and my research was on infants' action perception.


Emel Gencer

MA (Computer Science), Indiana University - Bloomington, USA
BA (Computer Engineering), Mersin University, Turkey

I joined the Perception and Action Lab in 2011. I am currently working on rescaling of effectivity-affordance relations and recalibration in visually guided reaching-to-grasp.


Devin Burns

I am interested in applying the intricate mathematics of differential geometry and dynamic systems in the study of human cognition. My current projects include work on configural processing through the example of face recognition. I am also interested in the ecological and embodied view points of cognition.


George Kountouriotis PhD, (Psychological Sciences and Trasnport Studies), University of Leeds

Research Interests: children with Developmental Coordination Disorder as well as investigate various aspects of stereo-motion. Previously, my research focused on eye-movements and the use of visual information when steering around bends.


Andrew Wilson PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Research Interests: My main interests are broadly in the area of perception and action. The project here in Warwick uses masked priming as a way to probe the way movements are selected and executed.
My research collaborations with Indiana University and the University of Leeds focuses on learning (using judgment and action versions of a coordinated rhythmic movement task) in both normal and clinical populations. The latter work is focused on patients who have had a stroke (investigating motor learning as a path to recovery) and children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The latter involves behavioural and also structural brain imaging work.


Shin Maruyama PhD, Japan

Shin started at IU as a post-doc with Esther Thelen working on several projects with infants and musicians/conductors. He has recently accepted a position at a university in Tokyo, Japan. Good luck Shin!


Qin (Arthur) Zhu, PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Kinesiology and Health at University of Wyoming.
I am currently working on projects that are related to affordance perception, fast over-arm throwing (targeted), and cross education of strength and skill.


Sidharth Thakur, PhD, Computer Science, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

I received my PhD in April 2008 from the Computer Science Department at IUB. Currently I am a Senior Visualization Researcher and Developer at Renaissance Computing Institute in Raleigh, NC. I collaborate with faculty members, researchers, and students on visualization research and development projects. As part of Renci's Engagement center at North Carolina State University (NCSU) I provide expertise on computer graphics and interactive tools for visualizing and analyzing information and scientific data. Projects span diverse domains including visualizations of social and economic factors affecting the state of NC, visualization of textile research data, and molecular visualizations.


Joe Anderson,PhD,Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

BS (Psychology, Philospohy), Bradley University, 2007


Young-Lim Lee

BA (English Language and Literature), Sungshin Women's University (Korea), 2000;
MA (Psychology), Western Kentucky University, USA

I initially studied English language and literature at Sungshin Women's University in Korea. After graduating in 2000, I went to Western Kentucky University. At Western Kentucky, I studied shape perception and recognition. My thesis was about the perception and recognition of 3-D shape from shadows cast onto curved surfaces. Currently, I am studying shape perception and visually guided reach-to-grasping action at the Perception/Action Lab.


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Ty Boyer

I study various facets of cognitive development, including social cognition, action understanding, spatial and numerical cognition, and judgment, decision-making, and risk-taking, from birth, through childhood, into adolescence, and beyond. My work revolves around the themes of perception, representation, and expectation, and the interaction of these mental processes. The development of automatic-intuitive and more explicit cognitive processes is another central theme of my work.

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Janusz Mazanowski

MA (Psychology), University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

While at IU, I investigated metric shape perception of 3-dimensional objects. My undergraduate thesis at University of Aberdeen focused on allocation of visual attention in manual obstacle avoidance, and was produced under supervision of Dr Amelia Hunt.


Didem Kadihasanogly

MA (Cognitive Science), Middle Eastern Technical University, Turkey
BA (Mathematics), Middle Eastern Technical University, Turkey

I'm interested in Dynamical Systems and worked with Randell Beer.


Elizabeth Casserly

In 2008, I started the graduate program in Linguistics at Indiana University. I've since added a second major in Psychological & Brain Sciences (Cognitive Psychology) and am an active member of David Pisoni's Speech Research Lab. I'm also involved in the Indiana University Linguistics Club (IULC), where I served as the colloquium coordinator during the 2009-2010 academic year and am currently our Vice President. Although the specifics change frequently, these are the projects and issues that seem to occupy me most of the time:
# Production/Perception links & speech motor control
# Motor control in development and clinical populations
# Articulatory phonology as a representation of Scandinavian laryngeal systems

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Dan Yurovsky

I'm interested in modeling human learning across timescales: from developmental time to real-time eye fixations. Like others, I try to see further by standing on the shoulders of giants. Most directly, was advised by Chen Yu and Linda Smith, but I have the great fortune to be surrounded by other exceptional scientists. I also sometimes see connections in random noise, and try to convince people to watch machine learning videos .

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