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Jeremy M. Wolfe, PhD
Senior Psychologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Surgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Research Narrative:

Work in the laboratory can be broken into five major areas.

Basic Research
  • Preattentive vision - Studies of the processing of visual stimuli before they are selected by attention for further, more complete analysis.
  • Attentional deployment - Studies of the mechanisms by which attention selects specific items including studies of how to terminate searches without finding the targe
  • Post-Attentive vision - Studies of the consequences of attention. Once attention has been deployed to an item and has been removed, what are the persistent effects of that act of attention?

Clinical and Applied Research

  • Effect of circadian phase and sleep deprivation on attention - In collaboration with the lab of Dr. Charles Czeisler (Harvard / BWH), as series of studies of the interaction of attention with sleep and circadian factors.
  • Studies of visual search as they apply to Airport Security and Medical Screening. Our particular interest is in the impact of target prevalence. How does search performance change if targets are very rare (as in screening tasks)


Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Wolfe JM, Cain MS, Aizenman AM. Guidance and selection history in hybrid foraging visual search. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2019 Apr; 81(3):637-653.

2. Wolfe JM. Visual Attention: The Multiple Ways in which History Shapes Selection. Curr Biol. 2019 Mar 04; 29(5):R155-R156.

3. Wick FA, Alaoui Soce A, Garg S, Grace RC, Wolfe JM. Perception in dynamic scenes: What is your Heider capacity? J Exp Psychol Gen. 2019 Feb; 148(2):252-271.

4. Palmer EM, Van Wert MJ, Horowitz TS, Wolfe JM. Measuring the time course of selection during visual search. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2019 Jan; 81(1):47-60.

5. Wolfe JM, Utochkin IS. What is a preattentive feature? Curr Opin Psychol. 2018 Nov 13; 29:19-26.

6. Wu CC, Wolfe JM. A New Multiple Object Awareness Paradigm Shows that Imperfect Knowledge of Object Location Is Still Knowledge. Curr Biol. 2018 Nov 05; 28(21):3430-3434.e3.

7. Chin MD, Evans KK, Wolfe JM, Bowen J, Tanaka JW. Inversion effects in the expert classification of mammograms and faces. Cogn Res Princ Implic. 2018 Dec; 3:31.

8. Brennan PC, Gandomkar Z, Ekpo EU, Tapia K, Trieu PD, Lewis SJ, Wolfe JM, Evans KK. Radiologists can detect the 'gist' of breast cancer before any overt signs of cancer appear. Sci Rep. 2018 Jun 07; 8(1):8717.

9. Utochkin IS, Wolfe JM. Visual search for changes in scenes creates long-term, incidental memory traces. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2018 May; 80(4):829-843.

10. Wolfe JM, Cain MS, Alaoui-Soce A. Hybrid value foraging: How the value of targets shapes human foraging behavior. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2018 Apr; 80(3):609-621.