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Training visual processes

Cognitive scientist Barbara Dosher receives more than $1 million to study how to optimize visual processing

Barbara Dosher, UCI Distinguished Professor of cognitive sciences, has received a $1.14 million renewal grant from the National Eye Institute - part of the National Institutes of Health - to study how human perceptual learning operates and whether training can help overcome limitations in order to improve performance. "Perceptual training has demonstrated a remarkable ability to enhance perception and perceptual judgments that are used in many of our day to day activities from the most basic of tasks such as seeing and listening to the more complex tasks and decisions based on perceptual inputs," Dosher says. "Only a small fraction of the complex, visual information in the world can be fully processed for recognition and action," she says. "The objective of the current research is to develop theoretical principles and training methods that will improve the amount and the generality of the benefits of visual training." Her long-term goal is to apply the improved methods of training tested in standard populations to improve training used in clinical applications, rehabilitation and the development of perceptual expertise.



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Dec 7

Pathways of Risk Linking Mother's Preconception Environment with Offspring's Adverse Birth Outcomes
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Worker Heterogeneity and the Asymmetric Effects of Minimum Wages
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Latent Class Model or Mixed Logit Model? A Comparison using Stated Preference Vehicle Choice Data
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Crowdsourcing, Big Data, and Social Media in the Behavioral Sciences: Applications, Methods and Theory
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Mass Party Formation: Land, Civil Society, and Party in Post-Revolutionary Mexico
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The Value-Added of U.S. Postsecondary Institutions
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Telser on immigration and politics

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Frank on social impacts of El Niño

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Neumark on employment discrimination

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