I am Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). 
I also direct the UNR-Renown fMRI scanning partnership, which is part of UNR's COBRE Neuroimaging Facilities

In my *Perception and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab* we use  behavioral methods (psychophysics) and neuroimaging (fMRI) to explore human perceptual, cognitive and motor systems. I am particularly interested in the neural basis of object perception and word recognition. I also have a longstanding interest in the psychology of visual art.

POSTDOCTORAL EXPERIENCE

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) - short-term research fellow
2006/7: Carnegie Mellon University (Marlene Behrmann)


DEGREES

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



PUBLICATIONS

Vanston, J.E. and Strother L. (in press). Sex differences in the human visual system.

Zhou, Z. and Strother L. (under review). Distinct effects of contour smoothness and observer bias on visual persistence.

Strother, L., Zhou, Z., Coros, A.M., and Vilis, T. (under review). Inter-hemifield word integration in left occipital cortex.

Strother, L., Coros, A.M., and Vilis, T. (2016). Cortical representation of whole hemifield-split words and word parts. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.  28(2):252-260 (doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00900) [URL]

Jung, C.E., Strother, L. and Hutsler, J.J. (2016). Atypical asymmetry for processing human and robot faces in autism revealed by fNIRS. PLoS ONE. [URL]


McCarthy, J.D., Strother, L. and Caplovitz, G.P. (2015). Spatiotemporal Form Integration: Sequentially presented inducers can lead to representations of stationary and rigidly rotating objects. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics [URL]

Strother, L. Killebrew, K.W., and Caplovitz, G.P. (2015). The Lemon Illusion: Seeing curvature where there is none. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [URL].  

Mruczek, R.E.B., Blair, C.D., Strother, L. and Caplovitz, G.P. (2015). The Dynamic Ebbinghaus: image size uncertainty caused by motion dynamics greatly enhances the classic contextual size illusion. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. [URL]

Strother, L. and Alferov, D.(2014Inter-element orientation and distance influence the duration of persistent contour integration. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01273. [HTML]   DEMO 

Snow, J.C., Strother, L. and Humphreys, G. (2014). Haptic shape representation in visual cortex. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 26(5):1154-67. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_00548. [PubMed]

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).

SUBMITTED/IN PREP

Strother, L. and Zhou, Z. (in prep). What do gender judgments tell us about the human visual system?

Strother, L., Zhou, Z. and Snow, J.C. (in prep). Frame of reference effects in haptic object recognition.

Strother, L. (in prep). Laterality for symmetry perception, face recognition and word reading development.




ABSTRACTS/PRESENTATIONS (2006 to present)

Zhou, Z. and Strother, L. (2016) Repetition enhancement instead of suppression for partially repeated words. To be presented at the annual Bay Area Vision Research Day (BAVRD), U.C. Berkeley.

Harrison, M.T., Claiborne, N. and Strother, L. (2016) What do visual half-field studies tell us about gender perception? To be presented at the annual Object Perception and Memory (OPAM) conference, Boston, MA.

Zhou, Z. and Strother, L. (2016) Partially repeated words result in enhanced fMRI responses in occipitotemporal cortex. To be presented at the first annual Nevada COBRE Meeting, Las Vegas, NV. 

Strother, L., Zhou, Z., Vilis, T. and Snow, J.C. (2016) Haptic object representation in lateral occipital cortex depends on hand location and gaze direction.  To be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego, CA.

Crognale, M.A., Cheng, S. and Strother, L.,  (2016) Functional mapping of visual cortex in hydrocephaly.  To be presented at the annual Optical Society of America (OSA) Fall Vision Meeting in Rochester, NY.

Strother, L., Zhou, Z., Vilis, T. and Snow, J.C. (2016) Lateral occipito-temporal cortex involvement in haptic object recognition: fMRI evidence against mere visual imagery.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete's Beach, FL. [view]

Compton, M.T., O'Neil, E.B., Strother, L. and Snow, J.C. (2016) Exploring the real object advantage in recognition memory using fMRI.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete's Beach, FL.

Zhou, Z. and Strother, L. (2016) Dissociating the effects of contour smoothness and task-specific bias on the association field of contour integration.  Presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete's Beach, FL.

Strother, L., Coros, A.M., Zhou, Z. and Vilis, T. (2015) Visual cortical representation of word identity, font... and gender? Presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in Chicago, IL. [view]

Zhou, Z. and Strother, L. (2015) Persistent contour integration by the association field.  Presented at York University's 2015 International Conference on Perceptual Organization, Toronto, Canada.

Strother, L., Caplovitz, G.P. and Killebrew, K. (2015) The Lemon Illusion: Seeing curvature where there is none. Presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete's Beach, FL.   #lemonillusion

Strother, L., Coros, A. and Vilis, T. (2014) Representation of word identity and font in visual cortex. Presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete's Beach, FL. [view]

Tregillus, K., Strother, L.Caplovitz, G.P., and Webster, M. (2014) Neural coding of image blur assessed by fMRI. Presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (VSS), St. Pete's Beach, FL.

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.



TEACHING 

Perceptual Organization in Human Vision (Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno - Fall 2016) 
         Topic: (Grad course) Selected readings.

Experimental Psychology (Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno - 2013 to present) 
         Topic: Students learn how to conduct and report psychological experiments

Statistical Methods (Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno - 2013 to present; online 2015) 
         Topic: Introduction to statistics for the behavioral sciences

Introduction to Neuroscience (Guest lecturer/lab, University of Nevada, Reno - 2013 to present
         Topic: Introduction to functional MRI

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


FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS, ETC.

2016
VPR Start-up Grant, University of Nevada, Reno (PI)
DHHS-NIH-NIGMS: COBRE NEURO-PILOT P20 GM 103650/YR5, $33,441 (PI)
Hilliard Endowment (University of Nevada, Reno), Visiting scholar support $1,700

PREVIOUS
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)

TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

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

OTHER

Ad hoc reviewer: Psychological Review; Psychological Science; Journal of Neuroscience; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Attention, Perception & Psychophysics; Acta Psychologica; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Perception; PLoS ONE; Journal of Autism Research; Journal of Neuroscience Methods; Experimental Brain Research; Nature Scientific Reports; FWO; U.S.- Israel Binational Science Foundation

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 (http://gestalttheory.net/gth/), Vienna, Austria (2006-2008)

Editorial assistant: Daniel Willingham’s Cognition, The Thinking Animal, 3rd and 4th editions (http://cwx.prenhall.com/bookbind/pubbooks/willingham/)

Summer Intern: RIKEN Brain Science Institute (http://www.brain.riken.jp/en/), Wako-shi Japan (2003)

Research Assistant: The University of Texas at Austin. http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/cps/ (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 (Africa Development Core), Burkina Faso, W. Africa (1993-1994)


Here is a [PDF] of my CV. 

Lars Strother


CONTACT ME:

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

Office: Mack Social Sciences (MSS) 406

phone: 775.682.8678
email: lars@unr.edu




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