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Jeremy M. Wolfe Lecture: “OMG, I did not see that! The science of missing what is right in front of our eyes”
October 16 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
In room 1325 of the Health Sciences Learning Center from 5:45 PM – 6:46 PM there will be a lecture by Jeremy M. Wolfe, Ph.D. Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiology, Harvard Medical School Visual Attention Lab, Department of Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
“OMG, I did not see that! The science of missing what is right in front of our eyes”
We cannot simultaneously recognize every object in our field of view. As a result, we deploy attention from object to object or place to place, searching for what we need. Unfortunately, our search engine does not work perfectly and we sometimes fail to find what we seek, even when that target is, literally, right in front of our eyes. When those missed targets are such things as tumors or bombs, these errors are socially significant, worth understanding and, if possible, correcting. In this talk, I will illustrate some of the basic principles of human visual attention. I can promise that you will fail to see some things that you would think you should have seen. Finally, I will present data showing how those principles play out in socially important realms such as medical image perception.
This lecture is open to the public.