About Us

Applied Perception & Psychophysics LaboratorY (APPLY)

Our lab is in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto Mississauga. We study visual perception and its application to real-world problems. The lab is run by Dr. Benjamin Wolfe and Dr. Anna Kosovicheva, housing their specific research programs, and takes a use-inspired approach to vision science and cognitive psychology research, looking to the world for problems that can benefit from a vision science approach and that can, in turn, tell us about how visual perception works. Research areas include:

See our research page
eye chart
Mayerle's eye test chart (US National Library of Medicine)

Lab News

August 31, 2023

Dr Wolfe was interviewed by the Toronto Star as an expert on visual perception and road safety regarding a redesigned intersection at Bloor and St. George in downtown Toronto.

June 12, 2023

The APPLY lab was busy at Vision Science Society this year! See our 2023 conferences posters:

  • Where was the moose? The time course of dynamic road scene perception
  • When should you warn the driver about the moose?: The effect of auditory cue timing on hazard localization in naturalistic videos
  • Reducing the low-prevalence effect: Does similarity search translate to binary decisions?
  • Psychophysics of variable fonts: Gaze measures of reading efficiency
  • Psychophysics of variable fonts: Speed and comprehension measures
  • Individual differences in gaze behavior: Comparing high-level and sensory contributions
  • June 6, 2022

    See our lab's posters from Vision Sciences Society 2022: Spatial Heterogeneity in Localization Biases Predicts Crowding Performance and Effects of Blur on Duration Thresholds for Road Hazard Detection

    Feb 1, 2022

    Our lab was recently featured in U of T news! Read the article here: Simple vehicle warning systems as effective as more complex ones

    October 1, 2021

    The fall semester is underway! We wrapped up a busy summer of conference presentations at the Vision Sciences Society and SmartiGras at UTM. We are also recruiting graduate students to start in Fall 2022.