Prinicpal Investigator

    Joo-Hyun Song is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences and trainer in the Department of Neuroscience . She is interested in understanding mechanisms involved in integrating higher-order cognitive processes such as attention and decision-making and visually-guided actions in real life situations. She has addressed this topic through a combination of methodologies - including behavioral investigations, online action tracking, fMRI, EEG, and neurophysiological experiments.

    Email: Joo-Hyun_Song (at)

    Post Doctoral Researcher

    Dan McCarthy is interested in the neural basis of attention and visuomotor decision-making. His research focuses on how we execute goal-directed actions in complex environments and how factors such as distractor saliency or Gestalt principles influence our behavior. To answer these questions, he combines psychophysics, EEG, and fMRI with continuous eye and reach tracking.

    Email: dan_mccarthy(at)
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    Post Doctoral Researcher

    Hsin-Mei Sun is interested in how context affects the way we perceive and interact with the world. Her research focuses on how visual/social context affects attention deployment, object recognition, and action execution. More recently, she has also become interested in how action affects perception and cognition. To address these questions, she uses a combination of techniques, such as psychophysics, EEG, and online action tracking.

    Email: sun.hsinmei(at)

    Post Doctoral Researcher

    Tony Wang is interested in how learning and memory affects processing of perceptual information. In particular, he is interested in how learning and experience affects the mental representations of perceptual information, and how different representations affect decision making, information processing, and the integration of new information.


Graduate Students

    Christine Gamble is a fifth year cognitive science PhD student in CLPS. She received a BA in neuroscience and psychology, with a minor in history, from Boston University in 2013. Christine's interests include the influences of higher-order cognitive processes on perception and, in turn, action. Her current project uses motion-tracking to investigate the dissociation between visual processing in the dorsal and ventral streams and the integration of perception and action in multiple forms of visually-guided action.

    Email: Christine_Gamble (at)
    Jianfei Guo is a third year PhD Student in CLPS, interested in interactions between perception, cognition and action. Specifically, she is interested in how the perception of other individual's actions affects an observer's actions and emotions, and how higher-order cognitive processes such as attention are involved in these action perception processes.

    Email: jianfei_guo (at)
    James Wilmott is a 2nd year PhD student in CLPS. He received his BA in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2016. James' research interests include understanding how cognitive processes interact with perception and action. Specifically, he is interested in how humans make decisions within the visual domain and the role that attention plays in identifying and selecting action targets. To explore these questions James uses psychophysics with other techniques (e.g., eye tracking).

    Email: james_wilmott (at)

Undergraduate Students

    Jennifer Flaherty is a senior concentrating in Computer Science. She is interested in motor learning and visual processing.

    Email: Jennifer_Flaherty (at)
    Tim Guo is a senior concentrating in Computer Science and Psychology.

    Email: qikun_guo (at)
    Miles Martinez is a junior interested in studying models of motor learning.

    Email: Miles_Martinez (at)
    Xinyue Tong is a senior student interested in cognitive science.

    Email: Xinyue_Tong (at)
    Rachel Martino is a senior from Rhode Island concentrating in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Psychology.

    Email: Rachel_Martino (at)
    Bethany Hung is a senior concentrating in cognitive neuroscience, fascinated by all things vision-related.

    Email: Bethany_Hung (at)