Applied Visual Attention Laboratory

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Trafton Drew, principal investigator portrait

Trafton Drew
Principal Investigator
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I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah and the director of the Applied Visual Attention lab. Previously I was an NIH-sponsored post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School in Jeremy Wolfe's Visual Attention Lab. In my research, I study the role that attention plays in a diverse array of paradigms using a variety of neuroscience and psychophysical methods. Some current active lines of research include:

  1. Using electroencephalograph (EEG) and the contralateral control method to study the neural underpinnings of paying attention to multiple object/locations.
  2. Using eye-tracking to understand the use of Computer-Aided Detection.
  3. Using advanced eye-tracking methodology to understand how search is accomplished in volumetric space.
  4. Using eye-tracking and psychophysical techniques to compare how search through visual space compares to search through memory space.
  5. Studying the role of expertise in inattentional blindness

My graduate work with Edward Vogel focused on fundamental questions about the neural underpinnings of memory and attention. This work is still ongoing and we are now working using EEG to understand the time-course of information transfer from one region of the brain to another. My post-doctoral work has led to some exciting new translational research that applies what we know about attention to diagnostic radiology. The ultimate goal is to decrease the error rate in diagnostic radiology.

Graduate Students

Lauren Williams, graduate student portrait

Lauren Williams

Grace Nicora, graduate student portrait

Grace Nicora

Research & Technical Assistants

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Chris Jones

Sarah Warcup, research technical assistant portrait

Sarah Warcup

James Guthrie, research technical assistant portrait

James Guthrie

Aydin Tasevac, research technical assistant portrait

Aydin Tasevac

Summer Vasquez, research technical assistant portrait

Summer Vasquez

Lab Manager

David Alonso, graduate student portrait

David Alonso

Collaborators

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Jeremy Wolfe

Harvard Medical School
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Melissa Vo

Goethe Universitat-Frankfurt
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Murray Reicher

Merge Healthcare
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Edward Vogel

University of Chicago
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Todd Horowitz

National Cancer Institute
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Roy Luria

Tel Aviv University
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Matt Cain

Harvard Medical School
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Jeanine Steffanucci

University of Utah
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Doug Jones

University of Utah
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Dustin Stokes

University of Utah
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Mark McEntee

The University of Sydney
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Booth Aldred

University of Utah Medical School
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Alumni

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Kate MacNamee

Richard Lee - Alumni image

Richard Lee

Ellie McMullen - Alumni image

Ellie McMullen

Holly Cordner - Alumni image

Holly Cordner

Julia Darling - Alumni image

Julia Darling

Patrick Stewart, research technical assistant portrait

Patrick Stewart

Isabel Reback, research technical assistant portrait

Isabel Reback

Joe Thomas, research technical assistant portrait

Joe Thomas