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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

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. Cunningham CA, Drew T, Wolfe JM. Analog Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) information can be more effective than binary marks. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2017 Feb; 79(2):679-690.

2. Zou B, Utochkin IS, Liu Y, Wolfe JM. Binocularity and visual search-Revisited. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2017 Feb; 79(2):473-483.

3. Wu CC, Wolfe JM. Multiple event monitoring. Cogn Res Princ Implic. 2016; 1(1):21.

4. Sareen P, Ehinger KA, Wolfe JM. CB Database: A change blindness database for objects in natural indoor scenes. Behav Res Methods. 2016 Dec; 48(4):1343-1348.

5. Wolfe JM. Use-inspired basic research in medical image perception. Cogn Res Princ Implic. 2016; 1(1):17.

6. Ehinger KA, Wolfe JM. When is it time to move to the next map? Optimal foraging in guided visual search. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2016 Oct; 78(7):2135-51.

7. Võ ML, Aizenman AM, Wolfe JM. You think you know where you looked? You better look again. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform. 2016 Oct; 42(10):1477-81.

8. Wolfe JM. Rethinking the basic-applied dichotomy. Cogn Res Princ Implic. 2016; 1(1):1.

9. Evans KK, Haygood TM, Cooper J, Culpan AM, Wolfe JM. A half-second glimpse often lets radiologists identify breast cancer cases even when viewing the mammogram of the opposite breast. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Sep 13; 113(37):10292-7.

10. Josephs EL, Draschkow D, Wolfe JM, Võ ML. Gist in time: Scene semantics and structure enhance recall of searched objects. Acta Psychol (Amst). 2016 Sep; 169:100-8.