Barbara A. Dosher

UC Irvine Distinguished Professor, Cognitive Sciences
School of Social Sciences

PH.D., University of Oregon, 1977

Phone: (949) 824-7373
Fax: (949) 824-2307
Email: bdosher@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
2564 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697


Research
Interests
attention, perceptual learning, human information processing, visual perception, memory retrieval
   
URL www.cogsci.uci.edu/people.php
   
Academic
Distinctions
Howard Crosby Warren Medal (2013)
Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (Elected 2011)
Fellow, American Psychological Science (Elected 2006)
Fellow, Society for Experimental Psychology (Elected 1997)

Past or present editor or editorial boards of:
Psychological Review (Associate Editor);
Vision Research (Action Editor),
Journal of Vision (Action Editor),
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (Editorial Board)
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (Editorial Board)
Memory and Cognition (Editorial Board)

Panel Member, Grant Review, for National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Mental Health.
   
Research
Abstract
I study how humans perceive, attend, learn, remember, and retrieve information using a combination of behavioral testing methods and mathematical modeling. My research falls generally into three categories:

* Attentional processes in adult humans, and their consequences for perceptual efficiency and information processing, with emphasis on visual perception and memory.

* The mechanisms of learning and improvement in perceptual tasks.

* Memory in humans, with emphasis on forgetting and retrieval in explicit and implicit memory and in working memory.
   
Publications 2006. Adaptation to sine wave gratings selectively reduces the sensory gain of the adapted stimulus. Journal of Vision, 6(7), 739-759. (with D. Dao & Z. Lu)
   
  2006. Perceptual learning without feedback in non-stationary environments: Data and model. Vision Research, 46, 3177-3197. (With A. Petrov & Z. Lu)
   
  2005. Independent perceptual learning in monocular and binocular motion systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 102, 5624-5629. (with Z. Lu & W. Chu)
   
  2005. Perceptual learning of Gabor orientation identification in visual periphery: Complete inter-ocular transfer of learning mechanisms. Vision Research, 45, 2500-2510. (With Z. Lu, W. Chu, & S. Lee)
   
  2005. Fast decay of iconic memory in observers with mild cognitive impairment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 102, 1797-1802. (With Z. Lu, J. Neuse, S. Madigan)
   
  2005. The dynamics of perceptual learning: An incremental channnel reweighting model. Psychological Review, 112, 715-743. (with A. Petrov & Z. Lu)
   
  2005. Brain mechanisms of attention. In Cognitive Neuroscience (translated into Chinese), Edited by Y. J. Luo, J. Yang, and K. Cheng. Peking University Press, Beijing, China. (With Z. Lu)
   
  2004. The spatial window of the perceptual template and endogenous attention. Vision Research, Special Issue on Attention, 44, 1257-1271. (With S.-H. Liu, N. Blair, & Z. Lu)
   
  2004. Temporal tuning of the perceptual template: Effects of cuing of spatial attention. Vision Research, 44, 1333 - 1350. (with Z.-L. Lu, & T.-S. Jeon).
   
  2004. Dynamic allocation of visual attention during the execution of sequenes of saccades.Vision Research, Special Issue on Attention, in press. (with T. M. Gersh, & E. Kowler).
   
  2004. Spatial attention does not alter the spatial frequency selectivity of the perceptual template. Journal of Vision, in press. (with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2004. Mechanisms of perceptual learning. In Itti, L. & Rees, G. (Eds.), Neurobiology of Attention. MIT Press, in press. (with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2004. External noise discriminates mechanisms of attention. In Itti, L., & Rees, G. (Eds.) Neurobiology of Attention. MIT Press, in press.(with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2004. Perceptual learning retunes perceptual templates. Journal of Vision in press.(with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2004. Time course of asymmetric visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30, 3-27. (with S. Han & Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2003. Object attention revisited: Boundary conditions and mechanisms. Psychological Science, 14, 598-604. (with S. Han & Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2003. Memory search. For Squire, L. R. & Wachsberger, K. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Learning and Memory, NY: MacMillan. (w. B. M. McElree).
   
  2002. Conceptual and automatic processing of implicit memory for pictures and words. Consciousness and Cognition: An International Journal, 11, 423-460. (with D. M. McBride).
   
  2002. Spatial attention excludes noise at the target location. Journal of Vision, 2, 312-323. (with Z.-L. Lu, & L. Lesmes).
   
  2001. A comparison of forgetting for conscious and automatic memory processes in word fragment completion tasks. Journal of Memory and Language, 45, 585-615. (with D. M. McBride & N. Gage).
   
  2001. Characterizing the spatial frequency characteristics of perceptual templates. Journal of the Optical Society of America, A. 18, 2041-2053. (with Z.-L. Lu)
   
  2001. The focus of attention in space and time. Behavior and Brain Sciences, 24, 129-120. (with B. M. McElree).
   
  2001. Spatial language and visual memory for location. Cognition, 81, 171-207. (with E. Munnich & B. Landau).
   
  2001. Spatial language and visual memory for location. Cognition, 81, 171-207. (with E. Munnich & B. Landau).
   
  2000. Attention mechanisms for first- and second-order motion perception. Vision Research, 40, 173-186. (with Z.-L. Lu, & C. Q. Liu).
   
  2000. Noise exclusion in spatial cuing of attention. Psychological Science, 11, 139-146. (with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2000. Mechanisms of perceptual attention in multi-location cueing. Vision Research, 40, 1269-1292. (with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2000. Spatial attention: Different mechanisms for central and peripheral temporal cues? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26, 1534-1548.(with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  1999. Forgetting rates are comparable in conscious and automatic memory: A process-dissociation study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 25,508-607. (with D. McBride).
   
  1999. Characterizing human perceptual inefficiencies with equivalent internal noise. Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, 16, 764-778. (with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  1999. Mechanisms of perceptual learning. Vision Research, 39, 3197-3221. (with Z.-L. Lu)
   
  1999. Forgetting due to items and time during output from short term memory. International Journal of Psychology (Special Issue on Working Memory), 34, 276-285. (Reprinted in I. Neath, G.D.A. Brown, M. Poirer, C. Fortin (Eds.) Short-term/Working Memory. Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Co.)
   
  1998. A comparison of forgetting in implicit and explicit memory tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 126, 371-392. (with D. McBride).
   
  1998. Models of visual search: Finding a face in the crowd. In Sternberg, S., & Scarborough, D. (Eds.), Invitation to Cognitive Science, Vol 4, 455-521.
   
  1998. Output loss or rehearsal loop? Output time vs pronunciation time limits in immediate recall in forgetting-matched materials. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 24, 316-335. (with J.-J. Ma).
   
  1998. External noise distinguishes attention mechanisms. Vision Research, 38, 1172-1198. (with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  1998. The response window regression method: Some problematic assumptions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 127, 311-317
   
  1998. A century of human information processing theory: Vision, attention, memory. In Hochberg, J. (Ed.) Perception and Cognition at Century's End: Handbook of Perception and Cognition .p. 199-252. (with G. Sperling).
   
  1998. Perceptual learning reflects external noise filtering and internal noise reduction through channel reweighting. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 95, 13988-13993.(with Z.-L. Lu).
   
  2006. Perceptual learning without feedback in non-stationary environments: Data and model. Vision Research, 46, 3177-3197. (With A. Petrov & Z. Lu)
   
  2005. Perceptual learning in clear displays optimizes performance: Learning the limiting performance. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 104, 5286-5290. (With Z. Lu)
   
  2005 Brain mechanisms of attention. In Cognitive Neuroscience (translated into Chinese), Edited by Y.-J. Luo, J. Yang, and K. Cheng. Peking University Press, Beijing, China
   
  2006. Perceptual learning of motion direction discrimination in fovea: Separate mechanisms. Vision Reesearch, 46, 2315-2327. (with Z. Lu & W. Chu)
   
  1997. Models of visual search: Finding a face in the crowd. In Sternberg, S. & Scarborough, D. (Eds.) Invitation to Cognitive Science, V4, in press.
   
  1998. Output loss or rehearsal loop? Output time vs pronunciation time limits in immediate recall for forgetting matched materials. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, in press. (with J-J. Ma).
   
  1997. Configural processing in memory retrieval: Multiple cues and ensemble representations. Cognitive Psychology, 33, 209-265 (with G. Rosedale).
   
  1997. A comparison of forgetting in implicit and explicit memory tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, in press (with D. McBride).
   
  1998. External noise distinguishes attention mechanisms. Vision Research, in press (with Z-L. Lu).
   
Grants Research in the Memory, Attention, Perception Laboratory (MAPLAB) has been funded by the National Eye Institute, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research: Life Sciences Directorate.
   
Current funding by National Eye Institute and National Institutes of Mental Health
   
Professional
Society
National Academy of Sciences (Elected 2011 - current); Vision Sciences Society (Executive Board 2009-2013); Society for Mathematical Psychology (Board, 1985-91; President, 1988); Society for Experimental Psychologists (Fellow, 1997 - current), Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (Senior Fellow, 1995 - current)
   
Other Experience Professor (Assistant to Full)
Columbia University, Department of Psychology 1977—1992

Dean, School of Social Sciences
University of California, Irvine 2002—2013

Research Centers Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences
   
Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Senior Fellow
   
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
   
   
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