People

Tirta Susilo (tirta.susilo@vuw.ac.nz) is the lab director. Tirta did a PhD in cognitive psychology at the Australian National University and was a postdoctoral associate in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College. Tirta is interested in all aspects of face recognition and visual processing in health and disease.

Lauren Bell (lauren.bell@vuw.ac.nz) is an MSc student working on face expression processing in prosopagnosia. Lauren has a BSc in psychology and biology and a BSc(Hons) in psychology.

Anna Boggiss (anna@bfo.co.nz) is a research volunteer. Anna is a third-year BA student majoring in psychology. Anna is studying the role of the eye region in face processing.

Cassandra Burton-Wood (cassandra.burton-wood@vuw.ac.nz ) is the lab manager. Cassandra is managing our research program on developmental prosopagnosia and is running her own studies on visual object recognition in prosopagnosia.

Daniel Jenkins (daniel.jenkins@vuw.ac.nz) is a research assistant. Daniel did a CBNS placement in the lab using eye tracking. Daniel holds a BSc in molecular biology and a BA in psychology and philosophy, and he is working on his MSc thesis on consciousness with Gina Grimshaw.

Sumaya Lamb (sumaya.lamb@vuw.ac.nz) did a CBNS placement and is now doing her MSc thesis on prosopagnosia and perceptual expertise. For her placement Sumaya used EEG to test face-specificity in the brain. Sumaya has a BSc in psychology and criminology.

Alumni

Emma Ashcroft did a CBNS placement using individual differences to study how we recognise people using faces, bodies, and hairstyles.

Angus Chapman was our lab manager. He is currently doing his PhD at UCSD working with John Serences.

Hannah Hawkins Elder was a summer scholar, SCIE306 student, and research assistant. Hannah developed a sensitive test for measuring face and place recognition abilities and examined how recognition of famous faces is robust to image changes.

Gates Henderson did her MSc thesis in lab using TMS to examine the role of the occipital face area in face recognition. Gates is now a PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington supervised by Ann Weatherall.

Kelsey O’Neale was a summer scholar and a SCIE306 student. Kelsey explored how we can use webcam-based eye trackers for studying face processing.

Stephen Salter was a research assistant. Stephen investigates whether holistic face processing is one thing or many.

Viktoria Sefcikova did a 2-month internship in the lab. She is completing a BSc in Psychology and Genome Biology at University of Toronto.

Brendan Sturt did a CBNS placement using eye tracking to study rapid orienting to faces.

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