Lars Strother

CURRENT POSITION: Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Director of Neuroimaging Facilities.

Here is a [PDF] of my CV.


I use behavioral methods (psychophysics) and neuroimaging (fMRI) to explore human perceptual, cognitive and motor systems. I study the visual cortical basis of perceptual organization, object recognition and reading. I am also collaborating with physicians to perceptually optimize the visualization of radiological images for diagnostic purposes. 


2009 - 2013: University of Western Ontario, Brain and Mind Institute (Tutis VilisMel Goodale)
2008/9: Wilfrid Laurier University (Sukhvinder Obhi)
2007/8: Birmingham University, UK (Glyn Humphreys)
2006/7: Carnegie Mellon University (Marlene Behrmann)


Ph.D. Psychology, University of Virginia - January 2006 (dissertation advisor: Michael Kubovy)
M.A. Psychology, University of Virginia - May 2002
B.Sc. University of Wisconsin, Madison - December 1992


Snow, J.C., Strother, L. and Humphreys, G. (in press). Haptic shape representation in lateral occipital cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. [PubMed]

Strother, L. (under review) Contour smoothness facilitates form-based perceptual memoryDEMO 

Strother, L., Coros A. and Vilis, T. (in prep). Neural convergence of hemifield-split word form information in visual cortex. 

Strother, L., Coros, A., Medendorp W.P. and Vilis, T. (2012). Double representation of the wrist and elbow in human motor cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience 36: 3291-3298 (doi:10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08241.x) [PDF

Strother, L., Lavell, C. and Vilis, T. (2012). Figure-ground representation and its decay in primary visual cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(4):905-914 (doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00190). [PDF]

Strother, L. 
and Kubovy, M. (2012). Structural salience and the nonaccidentality of a gestalt. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance. (doi: 10.1037/a0027939) [PDF]

Strother, L., Mathuranath, P., Aldcroft, A., Lavell, C., Goodale, M. and Vilis, T. (2011). Face inversion reduces the persistence of global form and its neural correlates. PLoS ONE, 6(4): e18705 (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.001870). [PDF]

Strother, L.Aldcroft, A., Lavell, C. and Vilis, T. (2010). Equal degrees of object selectivity for upper and lower visual field stimuli. Journal of Neurophysiology104: 2075-2081. [PDF]

Strother, L.House, K. and Obhi, S. (2010). Subjective agency and awareness of shared actions. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(1):12-20. [PDF]

Strother, L.and Obhi, S.S. (2009). The conscious experience of action and intention. Experimental Brain Research, 198(4):535-53. [PDF]

Strother, L.and Kubovy, M. (2006). On the surprising salience of curvature in grouping by proximity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 32(2):226-234. [PDF]

Strother, L.and Kubovy, M. (2003). Perceived complexity and the grouping effect in band patterns. Acta Psychologica, 114(3):229-244. [PDF]

Strother, L., Van Valkenburg, D. and Kubovy, M. (2003). Toward a psychophysics of perceptual organization using multistable stimuli and phenomenal reports. Axiomathes, 13:283-302.  [PDF]

Kubovy, M. and  Strother, L. (2004). The perception of band patterns: Going beyond geometry. In D.K. Washburn (Ed.), Embedded Symmetries: Natural and Cultural (pp. 19-26). The Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, AZ. 

Rogers S., Lunsford, M., Strother L., and Roberts S., (2003). The Mona Lisa Effect: Perception of gaze direction in real and pictured faces. In Studies in Perception & Action VII. Eds., Rogers, S. and Effken, J.

Turski, P., Kalinke, T., Strother L., Perman, W., Scott, G. and Kornguth, S. (1988)Magnetic resonance imaging of rabbit brain after intracarotid injection of large multivesicular liposomes containing paramagnetic metals and DTPA. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine7(2):184-196 (doi: 10. 1002mrm.1910070206).

Strother, L. and Behrmann M. (in prep). Neural representation of global structure in the human visual system. 


Physiology of the Senses (Guest lecturer, University of Western Ontario - 2012
         Topic: Human visual cortex and object perception; see course)

Biopsychology (Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University - 2009) 
         Topic: Introduction to the biological approach to psychology

Introduction to Biological Psychology (Instructor, University of Western Ontario - 2008)
         Topic: Introduction to the  biological approach to psychology 

Light, Life and Vision (Instructor, University of Virginia - 2005) 
         Topic: The role of light and visual systems in biological evolution

The Science of Vision & Audition (Instructor, James Madison University - 2002, 2004)   
         Topic: Human visual and auditory systems, experimental methods 

Introduction to Perception Laboratory (Instructor, University of Virginia - 2000) 
         Topic: Experimental methods for the study of human perception

Psychology and Visual Art (Teaching Assistant; University of Virginia - 2003)
         Topic: Psychological foundations of visual arts and web design

Introduction to Perception Laboratory (Instructor; University of Virginia - 1999)
         Topic: Psychological investigations of hedonic and intellectual experiences

Pleasures of the Mind (Teaching Assistant; University of Virginia - 1999)
         Topic: Psychological investigations of hedonic and intellectual experiences


Strother, L., Coros, A. and Vilis, T. (2013) Inter-hemifield binding of letters into words in occipitotemporal cortex. Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) in Toronto, Canada.

Strother, L., Alferov, D. and Vilis, T. (2013) Contour integration and perceptual fading. Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, FL. [ f1000 URL ]

Coros, A., Strother, L. and Vilis, T. (2013) Representation of word parts and wholes in occipitotemporal cortex. Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, FL.

Strother, L., Coros, A. and Vilis, T. (2012) The representation of word form and location in visual cortex. Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in New Orleans, LA. [ f1000 URL ]

Strother, L., Coros, A. and Vilis, T. (2012) Visual persistence of contour integration. Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Brains, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Coros, A., Strother, L. and Vilis, T. (2012) Representation of words and location in visual cortex.  Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Brains, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS), Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Strother, L., Coros, A. and Vilis, T. (2012) Edge co-alignment facilitates short-term perceptual memory of global form. Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, FL. [PDF]

Snow, J., Strother, L., Coros, A. and Culham, J.C. (2012) How independent are form and color in the ventral visual pathway? Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, FL.

Strother, L., Coros, A., Lavell, C. and Vilis, T. (2012) Form-based memory in primary visual cortex. Presented at the 2012 meeting of the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment (LOVE), Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Strother, L., Lavell C., and Vilis, T. (2011) Figure-ground decay in primary visual cortex. 
Object Perception and Memory (OPAM), Seattle, WA.

Strother, L., Mathuranath, P.S., Aldcroft, A., Lavell C., Goodale, M.A. and Vilis, T. (2011) The persistence of global form (Part I): Stimulus inversion influences V1 fMRI activity. VSS, Naples, FL. [PDF]

Lavell C.,  Strother, L., and Vilis, T. (2011) The persistence of global form (Part II): Figure-specific fMRI activity in V1. VSS, Naples, FL.

Strother, L., Mathuranath, P.S., Aldcroft, A., Lavell C., Goodale, M.A. and Vilis, T. (2011) The persistence of global form in V1 and higher visual areas. Annual meeting of the Canadian Physiological Society and the Canadian Action & Perception Network (CAPnet), Quebec, Canada.

Sperandio, I., Chouinard, P.,  Strother, L. and Goodale, M. (2010). Neural correlates of the perceived size of an afterimage. Presented at the 40th Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego, CA.

Strother, L. and Vilis, T. (2009) The ups and downs of visual processing in lateral occipital cortex. CAPnet, London, ON, Canada.

House, K.,   Strother, L. and Obhi, S. (2009). The complementary nature of joint-individual action. 3rd Annual Joint Action Meeting (JAM). Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Strother, L., Shomstein S. and Behrmann, M. (2007). Evidence from fMRI for structural non-selectivity in texture segregation. VSS, Sarasota, FL.

Strother, L., Shomstein, S. and Behrmann, M. (2006). An fMRI study of geometry-related neural selectivity in texture segregation. 36th Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Atlanta, GA.

Strother, L. and Shomstein, S. (2006). Bayesian-Gestalt grouping: Geometry and non-accidentality. PEN XIII, Tucson, AZ.


Carnegie Mellon University NIMH Training Fellowship (2005-07)
NIMH Summer Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (Fellow, 2006)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Dissertation-Year Fellowship (2004)
American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award (2004)
RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Summer Program Fellowship, Japan (2003)
University of Virginia (U.Va.) Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship (2003, 2004)
U.Va. Seven Society Fellowship for Superb Teaching (2004 Nominee)


Data Analysis: BrainVoyager QX, Excel, SAS, SPSS, JMP, Data Desk, R/S-plus
Experiment-related Programming: Flash, C, Pascal, E-prime, SuperLab, MatLab
Eye-tracking: Eyelink, ERICA/GazeTracker
Desktop Publishing: LaTex, PageMaker, Canvas, Illustrator, Photoshop


Research Associate for Prof. Glyn Humphreys (2007/2008): Short-term postdoctoral fellowship (fMRI) at the University of Birmingham’s Behavioural and Brain Sciences Centre, UK.

Editor: Journal of Gestalt Theory (, Vienna, Austria (2006-2008)

Ad hoc reviewer: Psychological Review; Psychological Science; Perception & Psychophysics; Acta Psychologica; Perception; PLoS ONE; Journal of Autism Research; Journal of Neuroscience Methods; Experimental Brain Research; U.S.- Israel Binational Science Foundation

Editorial assistant: Daniel Willingham’s Cognition, The Thinking Animal, 3rd and 4th editions (

Summer Intern: RIKEN Brain Science Institute (, Wako-shi Japan (2003)

Research Assistant: The University of Texas at Austin. (1996-1999)

Graphic Artist/Designer (1993-1996). I have designed several logos and other corporate identity media. Here are two corporate logos for medical device companies acquired by Boston Scientific and W.L. Gore & Associates:

Urban Development Volunteer: Visions in Action, Burkina Faso, W. Africa (1993-1994)

Here is a [PDF] of my CV.

Lars Strother


Department of Psychology
Mail Stop 296
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557

Office: Mack Social Sciences (MSS) 413/435