Welcome to the OSU Vision & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab! _______________________






Lab Photos

Contact Info:

Prof. Julie Golomb

201 Lazenby Hall
1827 Neil Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

golomb.9 @ osu.edu




Julie Golomb, Ph.D.
Julie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and Neuroscience Graduate Program at OSU. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University working with Art Wingfield and Mike Kahana, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University working with Marvin Chun and Jamie Mazer, and then was a post-doctoral research fellow with Nancy Kanwisher at MIT. She has been at Ohio State since 2012. In 2014 she was named a Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Emma Wu Dowd, Ph.D.

Emma received a B.A. in Linguistics from Harvard University, working with Alfonso Caramazza. As a British Marshall Scholar, she earned an M.Sc. in Psychology from University College London, working with Masud Husain and Paul Bays, and an M.Sc. in Neuroscience from King's College London. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Duke University in 2016, working with Tobias Egner and Steve Mitroff. Her research interests include visual attention and working memory. [website] [email]

Lab Manager

Samoni Nag
Samoni graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a degree in psychology and public health. While at Emory, she worked in Stella Lourenco’s spatial cognition lab studying cue combination in early childhood and visual object recognition. Broadly speaking, she is interested in spatial perception, visual attention, and visual search. Samoni hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology in the near future. [email]

PhD Students

Daniel Berman

Daniel is a fifth year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010 with an honors degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate he studied under David Yager where he investigated the underlying neurotrasmitter systems involved in various invertebrate sensory systems. From 2012-2014 he worked with Dirk Bernhardt-Walther where he specialized in retinotopic mapping as well as studying how we process complex imagery such as scenes, primarily using fMRI. Now in our lab, he plans on continuing his research on the neural mechanisms underlying the human visual system. [email]

Xiaoli Zhang
Xiaoli is a third year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. She graduated from Tsinghua University in China in 2013, with a B.S. in Psychology. She studied under Meihong Zheng and continued working in the lab from 2013-2014. There she finished her undergraduate thesis about the adaptation of working memory capacity under feedback stress. Now she's pursuing a Ph.D. in our lab, interested in visual perception, attention, and the interaction in between. [email]

Jiageng Chen
Jiageng is a second year graduate student in Cognitive Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Beijing Normal University in 2013 and then worked with Amit Yashar and Marisa Carrasco at New York University before joining OSU. His research interests include visual attention and perception, especially the mechanisms of attentional updating across eye movements. [email]


Lab Affiliates

Makaela Nartler
Research Assistant

Makaela is a research assistant in Jim Todd's lab interested in fMRI studies of visual cognition.


Ramprakash Srinivasan

Graduate student, OSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ram is a PhD student in Aleix Martinez's lab interested in computational and neuroimaging approaches to studying facial expressions of emotion.

Undergraduate Researchers

Janie Beaufore

OSU '17: Neuroscience major
Honors Thesis student




Matt Heard
OSU '17: Neuroscience major

Anisha Babu
OSU '20: Neuroscience major

Jack Carey
OSU '19: Neuroscience major

Madi Jupina
OSU '18: Psychology major


Lab Mascot






Lab Alumni

Nonie Finlayson, Ph.D. (postdoc 2014-2016)
Currently: Postdoc at University College London

Nonie hails from the University of Queensland in Australia, where she completed a B.Psy.Sc. in Psychology in 2008 working with Jason Mattingley and a Ph.D. in Cognitive & Behavioural Psychology in 2014 with Philip Grove and Roger Remington. Her research interests include attention, spatial representations, and perception in 3D. She is currently a postdoc with Sam Schwarzkopf at UCL. [website] [email]

Anna Shafer-Skelton (lab manager 2014-2016)
Currently: PhD student in Psychology at UCSD

Anna graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 with a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. She worked with Richard Abrams on her undergraduate thesis, and then with Tim Brady and George Alvarez at the Harvard Vision Lab after graduating. Her research interests include visual attention, depth perception, natural scene perception, and spatial representations. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology with Tim Brady and John Serences. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. [email]

Colin Kupitz (lab manager 2012-2014)
Currently: PhD student in Cognitive Science at UC Irvine

Colin was lab manager from 2012-2014. He's now a Ph.D. student in Cognitive Science at University of California: Irvine with Joachim Vandekerckhove. He received his B.S. in Neuroscience & Chemistry in 2012 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he did his undergraduate thesis on visual size illusions with Gideon Caplovitz.


Michela Paradiso
OSU '16: Neuroscience major
Independent research student

Currently: incoming MD student at Ohio State University Medical School




Marina Barboza
OSU '16: Psychology major
Independent research student

Currently: Grad student in Neuropsychology at Cleveland State Univ

Avni Bapat
OSU '16: Neuroscience & Psychology major
Honors Thesis student

Currently: Data Analyst, Cardinal Health

Carina Thiemann
OSU '15: Neuroscience major
Independent research student

Currently: Lead eye-tracking research assistant, Media Science




last updated: 08.02.16