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Pei-Ling Yang

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Program Area: Psychological Science

Psychology

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Research Description

I am interested in the ways people perceive the duration of visual stimuli as well as the mechanisms of attention.

I am working in the Attention and Perception lab directed by Dr. Diane Beck. Currently my work is focused on understanding the mechanisms of spatial attention.

In particular, my project is aimed at demonstrating and understanding a horizontal advantage of spatial attention. Using a cueing paradigm, researchers have traditionally examined attention effects by horizontally aligning the stimuli with the fixation. However, in our lab we have learned that participants have higher accuracy when targets appear horizontally rather than vertically to the cue. This distinctive pattern of results suggests an advantage in directing attention horizontally. In collaboration with the research team, I plan to explore this interesting pattern further. The results of this project can help us understand how attention is distributed. In future work, we hope to identify the brain region related to this advantage.

 

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Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.