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Lab members

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Members of the APPLY lab summer 2022! (from left to right: Dyllan, Silvia, Jiali, Zainab, Meghna, Anna, and Ben)

Directors

Benjamin Wolfe

Dr. Benjamin Wolfe

Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Wolfe is a co-director of the lab, and his research sits at the intersection of applied and basic vision science. Recently, he has focused on questions of human visual perception in driving, including how drivers understand their environments and how they acquire the information that leads to their situational awareness. Dr. Wolfe also works on questions of readablity and legibility for digitally-presented text, and additionally has interests in peripheral vision, saccade planning, visual attention and scene perception. Dr. Wolfe is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and was a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2015-2020 with Dr. Ruth Rosenholtz. Dr. Wolfe received his PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, where he was advised by Dr. David Whitney.

Anna Kosovicheva

Dr. Anna Kosovicheva

Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Kosovicheva is a co-director of the lab, and her research focuses on questions of spatial vision, binocular vision and eye movements. She is particularly interested in questions of visual localization, how we know where things are in the world, and how the visual system determines perceived position under conditions of uncertainty. Dr. Kosovicheva also studies deficits in binocular vision, particularly amblyopia and strabismus, applying psychophysical methods to new assessments. She is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern University from 2015-2020 with Dr. Peter Bex. Dr. Kosovicheva received her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015, where she was advised by Dr. David Whitney.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jiali Song

Dr. Jiali Song

Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology
University of Toronto Mississauga

Jiali is a post-doctoral fellow at the APPLYLab. Her research interests include how vision and attention contribute to (un)safe driving. She is particularly interested in the contributions of depth perception and peripheral vision to driver behaviour, and how in-car warning systems can help or hinder driving performance. Jiali received her PhD in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, where she was advised by Dr. Allison Sekuler and Dr. Hong-jin Sun.

Lab Manager

Zainab Haseeb

Zainab Haseeb

Zainab is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she completed an Honours Bachelors of Science with a Psychology specialist. She joined the APPLY lab in June 2021 as an Honours thesis student and is studying individual differences in peripheral vision, specifically, how individual variability in location perception relates to crowding. She hopes to eventually broaden her current understanding to clinical environments and explore the interactions between vision, perception, and mental disorders in future studies.

Undergraduates

Saad Khan

Saad Khan

Saad is an undergraduate student interested in the interaction between visual attention and working memory. He is currently working on analyzing a video game dataset from the website called Lumosity.

Dyllan Simpson

Dyllan Simpson

Dyllan’s current research looks at the mechanisms that underlie crowding and ensemble coding. Specifically, how they can bias our perception and working memory representations. His pastimes are playing for UTM’s weightlifting and development soccer team, but when being active is too hard, he likes to practice chess.

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Silvia Guidi

Silvia is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She joined the APPLY Lab in May 2021 and is working on a project examining the effects of visual degradation on the detection of road hazards in natural videos.

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Cristeidy Gonzalez

Cristeidy is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She officially joined the APPLY lab in August 2022 as part of the fall/winter research opportunity program (ROP) and is currently working on a project that studies the effects of immersion on hazard detection, evasion, and localization.

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Avery Chua

Avery is a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She joined the APPLY Lab in September 2022 as part of the research opportunity program (ROP). Her current project is on road hazards and temporal cues. Outside of the lab and academic life, her hobbies include reading fantasy, writing or journaling, and managing a studygram!

Former Lab Members

Undergraduates:

Chandandeep Ghuman
Simran Kanda
Mia Romano
Zoey Khaled
Sanaullah Pirzada
Meghna Patil