My webpage lists my interests and publications in more detail. In short, when I'm not doing 'Chair' related activity I'm interested in failures of human visual perception (for example caused by illusions or conflicting stimuli or overloaded attention) and what those can tell us about the function and structures involved. My training is in Neurobiology first and then my grad work in Perception. I'm co-director of the MVRL (with Jeff Pelz and Anne Haake). I'm less interested in developing new eye-trackers and more interested in using these tools to explore basic questions about how human vision works.

Jeff Pelz, Co-Director of the MVRL, is a Professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. He received his Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in 1995. Jeff's primary research interests include high-level visual perception; how humans extract information from images and the environment, and how that information is used in decision-making and to guide actions.

Kirsten Condry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, in 1999. Following post-doctoral positions at M.I.T. and Harvard, she joined the psychology department at RIT in 2006. Kirsten’s primary research is on basic infant visual perception, including how young infants perceive objects and motion. In the MVRL, Kirsten is studying how 4- to 12-month-old infants understand partly occluded objects, using both eye-tracking and behavioral measures of perception. Other interests include cognitive change in older children and how media (particularly television) influence cognition and development.

Lindsay Schenkel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests are in the area of social cognition and psychosocial functioning in children and adults with serious mental illness (particularly, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders). Currently, she is examining the underlying mechanisms associated with emotion identification impairments in children and adults with bipolar disorder using eye tracking methodology (e.g., using eye-tracking to examine visual scanning for emotional faces and videos), and the extent to which these deficits may be related to impairments in social cognition and psychosocial functioning. For more information see her faculty webpage at

Cecelia Ovesdotter Alm is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English at RIT. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cecilia's research examines how language users construct meaning, beyond traditional semantics and pragmatics. By applying theory-driven computational modeling and corpus analytic study, her research focuses on the role of affect/subjectivity and multimodality in meaningful language behaviors. She is collaborating with faculty colleagues and students at the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory on multimodal human-centered computational modeling solutions. For more information, please visit Cecilia’s faculty website at:

Joseph Baschnagel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. His degree is in clinical psychology and his current research focuses on studying attentional and emotional aspects of nicotine addiction. This includes studying the effect of nicotine on attentional and emotional processes in both smokers and non-smokers and assessing cue-reactivity to smoking cues in both general smoking populations and in specific populations where smoking is comorbid with other psychiatric disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. He is currently collaborating with the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory here at RIT to incorporate mobile eye-tracking into cue-reactivity paradigms. He frequently uses psychophysiological research methods to study attention and emotion processing; measures such as the startle eye-blink reflex, facial emg, heartrate, and skin conductance responses and often conduct non-clinical studies related to attention and emotion using these tools. For more information see his faculty webpage at

Professor Sutton joined the Department of Psychology in the Fall of 2012. She teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Research Methods. Her research focuses on the psychology of language, cognition and emotion, emotion word representation within and across languages, and hemispheric specialization. For more information:

Anne Haake is a Professor in Information Sciences & Technology. She has an undergraduate degree in B.A. Biology from Colgate University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Developmental Biology from the University of South Carolina, and an M.S. in Software Development & Management from RIT. Her research interests are in the areas of Bioinformatics (gene expression analysis; biological databases/user interfaces) and Human Computer Interaction (user-centered design, usability testing, eye tracking). Visit

Poorna Kushalnagar is a Research Assistant Professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. She received her B.A. from Gallaudet and M.S. (Clinical Neuropsychology track) and Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience focus) from the University of Houston. She is interested in two research areas: 1) using eye tracking and visual attention data to elucidate the underlying developmental differences in perceptual experiences among individuals with hearing loss, low vision or both, and 2) applied eye tracking and intervention studies to improve quality of life outcomes in deaf children and adults.

Susan Farnand is a Research Scientist in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. She received her B.S. from Cornell University (Engineering) and M.S. (Imaging Science) and Ph.D. (Color Science) from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her research interests include human vision and perception, eye tracking and visual attention especially in image appreciation and education, fine art reproduction, 3D printing, and image quality analysis.

The visual guidance of action. How is it that visual information is used to guide movements of the body when performing everyday actions, like catching a ball, or driving a car? I investigate using a variety of tecniques and equipment, including computational modelling, eye-tracking, virtual reality, and motion capture.

Reynold Bailey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science. He received his Masters and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests are in the field of computer graphics and include non-photorealistic rendering and applied perception in graphics and visualization. Reynold is currently working on developing novel strategies for subtly directing viewer gaze about a scene. His work has potential applications in computer graphics, data visualization, psychological research, medical image analysis, and training.

Pengcheng Shi has been a Professor and the Director of the PhD Program in Computing and Information Sciences since 2007. He received his Ph.D from Yale University in 1996. His primary research interests are to develop and apply integrative system paradigms to biomedical imaging, image computing and intervention, and inverse physiology in the areas of personalized cardiac physiome, and dynamic, parametric, and multi-tracer PET imaging. Visit