Lab Members & Collaborators
Benjamin Van Buren
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ben wants to understand how we see. To study this, his research draws on a wide range of methods and intellectual traditions from cognitive science, psychophysics, gestalt psychology, the philosophy of biology, and the arts. Ben will be teaching two courses at the New School in the fall - Visual Perception and Cognition (for NSSR masters students) and The Psychology of Aesthetics (for Lang and Parsons students). Before directing the NSSR Perception Lab, Ben worked as a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven, in Flanders, Belgium. Prior to that, he completed his PhD at Yale.
PhD student, Computer Graphics, Berlin Institute of Technology
Xi is interested in what people's eye movements can tell us about what they are remembering. To investigate the role of eye movements in memory, she has been experimenting with 'steering' observers' eyes around to see whether it is possible to warp their memories of recently viewed scenes. Computer scientists are famously unafraid to take on new technical challenges, and Xi is no exception. In addition to these vision science projects, she is a talented photographer and has even made impressive forays into tap dance, and electric guitar.