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Lab webpage: http://r.unitn.it/en/cimec/map

CoPeST ERC project webpage: http://r.unitn.it/en/cimec/copest

ATTEND project webpage: http://attendproject.eu


David Melcher

Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)
Department of Cognitive Sciences and Psychology
University of Trento


Upcoming presentations at Vision Sciences (VSS) 2014:
- Corbett & Melcher, What's the purpose of perceptual averaging?
- Drewes & Melcher, Dissociating temporal and spatial integration windows: the case of Vernier Fusion
- Melcher, Shukla & Wutz, Temporal expansion, more information: the role of subjectively distorted time in information accrual
- Sengupta, Bapiraju, Basu & Melcher, Accounting for subjective time expansion based on a decision, rather than perceptual, mechanism
- Wutz, Muschter, van Koningsbruggen & Melcher, Temporal integration windows within a fixation

New publication:
-Lanzoni L, Melcher D, Miceli G, Corbett JE (in press). Global statistical regularities modulate the speed of visual search in patients with focal attentional deficits. Frontiers in Psychology.

Open Day for prospective graduate students in Cognitive Science
Rovereto, 24 March 2014

Upcoming presentations at the International Conference on “Timing and Time Perception” 2014:
- Melcher, Wutz, Drewes & Fairhall, The role of temporal integration windows in visual perception 
- Wutz, Shukla, Bapiraju & Melcher, Subjective distortions of time influence rapid information accrual 

Faculty of 1000 starred review**
Our recent paper in Journal of Neuroscience on pre-stimulus brain states and temporal integration windows has received a starred rating from the Faculty of 1000 website: 
"Wutz et al. used a visual forward-masking paradigm (mask then target) to study the neural basis of visual perception. The mask sometimes interfered with the perception of the target. Higher beta power before the mask was associated with incorrect perception of the target. Evoked alpha phase reset was associated with correct target perception. This shows how oscillatory dynamics may play a role in carving successive visual inputs into separate perceptions."

Recent publications:
- Wutz, Weisz, Braun & Melcher. Temporal windows in visual processing: "prestimulus brain state" and "poststimulus phase reset" segregate visual transients on different temporal scales. Journal of  Neuroscience, 2014
Subramanian, Shankar, Sebe & Melcher D. Emotion modulates eye movement patterns and subsequent memory for the gist and details of movie scenes. Journal of Vision, 2014.
- Cavicchio, Melcher & Poesio. The Effect of Linguistic and Visual Salience in Visual World Studies. Frontiers in Language Sciences, 2014
- Van Paaschen, Zamboni, Bacci & Melcher. Consistent emotions elicited by low-level visual features in abstract art. Art & Perception, 2014
- Corbett & Melcher. Characterizing ensemble statistics: mean size is represented across multiple frames of reference. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 2013
- Melcher & Bacci. Perception of emotion in abstract artworks: a
multidisciplinary approach. Progress in Brain Research, 2013
- Fracasso, Targher, Zampini & Melcher. Fooling the eyes: the influence of a sound-induced visual motion illusion on eye movements. PLoS One, 2013.

ATTEND: Characterizing and improving brain mechanisms of attention
David Melcher is head PI of a 2.2 million euro grant funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento (PAT Grand Projects grant), in conjunction with our partners the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) and Harvard Medical School (MGH).

Members of the lab will be presenting their work at Vision Sciences and the European Conference on Eye Movements in 2013.

Paperback (2nd Edition) of Art and the Senses:

Oxford Univesrity Press Link

New publication in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics: "Temporal buffering and visual capacity: The time course of object formation underlies capacity limits in visual cognition" by Andreas Wutz and David Melcher

New publication in Plos One: "Non-conscious processing of motion coherence can boost conscious access" by Lisandro Kaunitz, Alessio Fracasso, Angelika Lingnau and David Melcher

New publication in Plos One:
"Effective working memory capacity: an emergent effect from the neural dynamics in an attractor network" by Laura Dempere-Marco, David Melcher and Gustavo Deco

New publication in Visual Cognition: "Rapid enumeration within a fraction of a single glance: the role of visible persistence in object individuation capacity" by Andreas Wutz, Alfonso Caramazza and David Melcher

New publication in Experimental Brain Research: "Remapping of the line motion illusion across saccadic eye movements" by Alessio Fracasso and David Melcher

New publication in PLoS One: "The role of attentional priority and saliency in determining capacity limits in enumeration and visual working memory" by David Melcher and Manuela Piazza

New publication in Journal of Vision: "Unseen complex motion is modulated by attention and generates a visible aftereffect" by Lisandro Kaunitz, Alessio Fracasso and David Melcher

New publication in Frontiers in Psychology: "The role of semantic interference in limiting memory for the details of visual scenes" by David Melcher and Brian Murphy

New publication in Frontiers in Perception Science: "Intercepting the first pass: rapid categorization is suppressed for unseen stimuli" by Kaunitz, Kamienkowski, Olivetti, Murphy, Avesani & Melcher:

New publication in Cognition:
"Subitizing reflects visual-spatial object individuation capacity" by Piazza, Fumarola, Chinello & Melcher

The Rovereto Attention Workshop (RAW 2011)
is scheduled for October 27-29, 2011. For more information follow this link:

David Melcher will receive the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association at the annual meeting in August 2011