EyeTracKConf Uppsala

751 42 Uppsala
Thursday, 27 May 2010


Bruno Laeng

Bruno Laeng is Professor in cognitive neuropsychology with the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo (Norway). He received his Ph.D. in biological psychology from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). His former research and teaching career includes the University of Tromsø (Norway), University of Bergen (Norway), University of Guelph (Canada), and Harvard University (USA). Laeng has also been a Clinical Research Fellow, at Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Laeng’s research is in the field of cognitive neuroscience and most (but not all) of it deals with the cognitive neuroscience of the human visual system with the use a variety of methods, which include: behavioural measures, the study of eye movements and fixations, pupillometry, the analysis of effects of brain lesions in neurological patients, neuroimaging, as well as the study of unusually talented individuals (e.g., synaesthetes or professional musicians). Laeng’s research interests include: Visual attention, perception (colors, object forms and spatial relations, faces), mental imagery and mental rotations, visual memory, handedness, sexual attraction, and the perception of emotion.

Gustaf Gredebäck
Gustaf Gredebäck is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Uppsala University where he manages the Uppsala Babylab. His research span several topics including occulomotor development, social cognition, and object representations with a main focus on eye tracking. In addition to empirical work based on eye tracking (published in journals such as Nature Neuroscience, Child Development, Cognition, Developmental Psychology, and Developmental Science) he recently published a methods paper devoted to eye tracking in infant populations (Gredebäck, Johnson, & von Hofsten, 2010) and is currently engaged in exploring how pupil dilations are mediated by surprise in social contexts. His research experience also includes EEG and NIRS (near infra-red spectroscopy) and current attempts are being made to connect these measures of neural activity with pupillary responses.

Sylvain Sirois
Sylvain Sirois is a Professor of developmental psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada. He was a lecturer in psychology at the University of Manchester, where he maintains an honorary appointment and runs the Manchester Babylab. He received his PhD from McGill University (Canada), and was a Research Fellow (NSERC) at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London (UK). His research is generally focussed on the interplay between learning and developmental mechanisms in normal cognitive development. Some of his earlier work involved artificial neural network models of learning. More recently he has focussed on infant learning, and particularly how pupillometry may provide new insights to the study of the infant’s mind. He is a co-author and co-editor of the Neuroconstructivism volumes (2007, Oxford University Press).

Helmut Wilhelm
Helmut Wilhelm is a Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He is clinically working as a neuro-ophthalmologist. He has a scientific interest in pupil research, especially pupil disorders, clinical applications of pupillography. He is coordinating and coaching the pupil research team.
Personal fields of research: Functional organisation of the pupillary light reflex pathways, differentiation of different optic neuropathies by means of pupillography, pupil perimetry.
Methods: Analization of pupillary function in patients with lesions of the afferent optic pathways by means of pupillography and pupil perimetry, modelling.

Robert Hepach
Robert is a PhD-student (supervisor: Prof. Michael Tomasello) at the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Together with Prof. Gert Westermann from  Oxford Brookes University, he worked at the Oxford Brookes University Babylab while obtaining his Master's degree in Oxford. Their project investigated the understanding of emotions in infants with the use of pupil dilation as a measure of infants' arousal and surprise responses. The current research focus lies on comparing different techniques of analyzing pupil data in order to estimate its feasibility to address questions regarding infants' understanding of complex social cognitive phenomena. In Leipzig, Robert is now interested in (and excited about) the ontogeny of emotion understanding and how this influences pro-social behavior.

Rachel Wu
Rachel Wu is a final year PhD student at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London (UK), where she is working with Natasha Kirkham and Denis Mareschal. Rachel received a BA in Psychology and a BA in Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and an MSc in Psychoanalysis at the Anna Freud Centre, University College London (UK). During her PhD, Rachel has conducted several eye-tracking studies with over 550 infants investigating how they learn multimodal and statistical events from social and non-social attention cues in a cluttered environment. In addition to using typical looking time measures to infer learning, she works with Chen Yu and Daniel Yurovsky to find patterns in looking behavior and to use computer models to predict and interpret good learning. Rachel also uses an infant-directed paradigm registering gaze-contingent responses to train infants to learn from attention cues. She is interested in using pupil dilation responses to obtain converging evidence for learning as well as for inferring learning when other measures fail. In her spare time, Rachel sculpts, illustrates, and plays violin.

Esther Wu

Esther Wu is currently pursuing a Master degree in Psychology at the University of Oslo, in Norway (supervisors: Prof. Bruno Laeng & Prof. Svein Magnussen). Prior to that, she obtained her Bachelor degree in Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and has worked as an engineer in both Singapore and the United States. Her interests lie in face processing, emotions, eyewitness memory, eye-tracking and pupillometry. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in the near future.

Dorothea Ullwer

Dorothea Ullwer studied psychology and is currently studying medicine at the Humboldt – University and the Charité in Berlin. Since 2007 she is engaged in the research on fluid intelligence, mathematical cognition and executive functions. Her diploma thesis at the Berlin NeuroImaging Center was about the influence of mathematical giftedness on eye – movement parameters and problem solving strategies. She is a member in a research project of Professor Elke van der Meer at the chair of Cognitive Psychology at Humboldt – University. The interdisciplinary project focuses on the analysis of learning and resource allocation in mathematical cognition and uses pupillary and eye – tracking as well as neuroimaging data analysis. Dorothea’s scientific interest lies in the combination of psychological and medical knowledge on the research of cognition and behaviour.

Steven Harry Pieter van de Pavert
Steven van de Pavert is a Master student in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oslo and is supervised by Thomas Espeseth and prof. Bruno Laeng. Steven received his BA in Biological Psychology at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Currently he is focusing on several projects involving pupillometry and fMRI using the multiple object tracking paradigm. In addition, Steven has developed a pupillometry preprocessing program, enabling efficient data cleaning and sorting prior to statistical analyses.

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