We employ a wide array of cognitive neuroscience and psychological research methods, including behavioral psychophysics, fMRI, EEG, MEG, computational modeling, and TMS to investigate how attention affects visual perception.

 We are located in the Cognition and Perception program of the NYU Department of Psychology and associated with the Center for Neural Science under the supervision of Professor Marisa Carrasco

Participate in one of our studies!

Perceptual learning in adults with amblyopia ('lazy eye')
Experimenter: Mariel Roberts
Requirements: M or F, 18-65 yrs; clinically diagnosed with amblyopia or lazy eye, defined as a dramatic difference in visual ability between the two eyes
Sessions: 16 1-2 hr behavioral sessions that may not be separated by more than two days apart
Rate: $15/ hour, for a max of $500
Contact: nyuamblyopiastudy@gmail.com


  • Congratulations to Hsin-Hung Li and Ian Donovan, for successfully defending their PhD thesis.
  • Congratulations to Jasmine Pan, for winning 1st place for her poster at the NYU Undergraduate Research Conference!
  • Congratulations to Xiuyun Wu, for winning 1st place for her poster at the NYU Annual Master's Research Conference!


Contact us

If you wish to participate in one of our studies, please email us at carrascolabnyu@gmail.com

Phone: 212.998.3894  
Fax: 212.995.4349
6 Washington Place, Rm 970
New York, NY 10003

Recent Publications

  • Li HH, Pan J & Carrasco M (2019).  Presaccadic attention improves or impairs performance by enhancing sensitivity to higher spatial frequencies. Scientific Reports 9:2659, 1-9.  [pdf]
  • Vetter P*, Badde S*, Phelps EA & Carrasco M (2019)  Emotional faces guide the eyes in the absence of awareness. eLife, 8:e43467, 1-15.     *equal contribution   [pdf]
  • Denison R, Yuval-Greenberg S & Carrasco M (2019). Directing voluntary temporal attention increases fixational stability.  Journal of Neuroscience, 39(2), 353-363. [pdf]
  • Michel M, Beck D, Block N, Blumenfeld H, Brown R, Carmel D, Carrasco M, et al. (2019). Opportunities and challenges for a maturing science of consciousness. Nature Human Behavior, 3:104-107. DOI 10.1038/s41562-019-0531-8. [pdf]
  • Fernández A, Denison RN & Carrasco M (2019). Temporal attention improves perception similarly at foveal and parafoveal locations. Journal of Vision, 19(1):12, 1-10. [pdf]
    • Carrasco M & Barbot A (2019).  Spatial attention alters visual appearance. Current Opinion in Psychology, 29, 56-64. [pdf]
    • Amit R, Abeles D, Carrasco M & Yuval-Greenberg S (2019). Oculomotor inhibition reflects temporal expectations. Neuroimage[pdf]
    • Donovan I & Carrasco M (2018). Endogenous spatial attention during perceptual learning facilitates location transfer. Journal of Vision 18(11):7. doi: 10.1167/18.11.7. [pdf]
      • Denison RN*, Adler WT*, Carrasco M & Ma WJ (2018). Humans incorporate attention-dependent uncertainty into perceptual decisions and confidenceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  DOI:10.1073/pnas.1717720115[pdf] *equal contribution
      • Barbot A, Liu S, Kimchi R & Carrasco M (2018). Attention enhances apparent perceptual organization. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. doi: 10.3758/s13423-017-1365-x [pdf]
      • Hilo R, Carrasco M & Yuval-Greenberg S (2018). Task performance in covert, but not overt, attention correlates with early laterality of visual evoked potentials. Neuropsychologia, 119: 330-339.  [pdf]
      • Carrasco M (2018). How visual spatial attention alters perception. Cognitive Processing19(1), 77-88. [pdf]
      • Jigo M & Carrasco M (2018). Attention alters spatial resolution by modulating second-order processing. Journal of Vision, 18(7):2, 1–12 [pdf]
      • Barbot A & Carrasco M (2018). Emotion and anxiety potentiate the way attention alters visual appearance. Scientific Reports, 8:5938 [pdf]
      • Cutrone EK, Heeger DJ & Carrasco M (2018). On spatial attention and its field size on the repulsion effect. Journal of Vision, 

        18(6):8, 1–15 

      • Pham A, Carrasco M & Kiorpes L (2018).  Endogenous attention improves perception in amblyopic macaques. Journal of Vision18(3):11. [pdf]
      • Rolfs M, Murray-Smith N, & Carrasco M (2018). Perceptual learning while preparing saccades. Vision Research. 152, 126-138 [pdf]
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