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Department of Psychology Colloquium Series presents Jeremy M. Wolfe, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017,
  • Location: Wilson 126
  • Room: 126

Department of Psychology

Colloquium Series


Jeremy M. Wolfe, Ph.D.

Professor of Ophthalmology & Radiology,

Harvard Medical School

Visual Attention Lab

Department of Surgery

Brigham & Women's Hospital


The Incidental Gorilla: What can the science of visual attention tell us about the art of radiology?

We cannot simultaneously recognize every object in our field of view. As a result, we deploy attention from object to object or place to place, searching for what we need. This is true whether we are looking for the cat in the bedroom or nodules in a lung CT. We do not search at random. Our attention is guided by the features of the targets we seek and the structure of the scenes in which those targets are embedded. Again, this is true whether that scene is a bedroom or a lung. Unfortunately, our search engine does not work perfectly and we sometimes fail to find what we seek. When those missed targets are such things as tumors or bombs, these errors are socially significant, worth understanding and, if possible, correcting. In this talk, I will illustrate some of the basic principles of human visual attention and I will present data showing how those principles play out in the realm of medical image perception.


Tuesday, October 24th, 2017


126 Wilson Hall