Dr. Störmer moved to Dartmouth in spring 2020. The west coast contingent continues their research at UC San Diego


Viola Störmer Principal Investigator – Viola received her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard working with Dr. George Alvarez and Dr. Patrick Cavanagh in the Harvard Vision Lab. Before coming to Dartmouth, she was an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego. You can email her at:


Doug Addleman Postdoc, Dartmouth; Doug received his PhD from the University of Minnesota working with Dr. Yuhong Jiang. Doug studies selective attention, with a particular focus on experience-driven attention, attention in multiple modalities, and the effects of vision loss on spatial attention. When he’s not working, Doug enjoys cooking, cycling, and the times his cat isn’t trying to bite his feet.

Lauren Williams Postdoc, Dartmouth & UCSD; Lauren received her PhD from the University of Utah, where she worked with Dr. Trafton Drew. Lauren is interested in learning how prior knowledge and task context influence our mental representations of objects during complex visual tasks (e.g., visual search); the consequences of a limited visual attention system in applied settings, such as radiology; and perceptual expertise. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, listening to music, and hiking. Here is Lauren’s personal website.

Angus Chapman PhD student, UCSD; Angus is a third year grad student in psychology, working across both the Störmer and Serences labs. He is originally from New Zealand, working and studying in Wellington for over 6 years before making the move out to San Diego to begin his PhD. Angus is interested in how sensory information is represented and coordinated across the brain, and how cognitive processes like attention and working memory are involved in constructing our perceptual experience. In his spare time, he enjoys swing dancing, late-70’s New Wave, and confusing Americans when he talks. Here is Angus’ personal website

Jonathan Keefe PhD student, UCSD; Jonathan is a third year PhD student in Psychology. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, where he researched cross-modal attention and emotional attentional capture. Jonathan is interested in how top-down and bottom-up attention work together to influence perception within and across modalities, using EEG to better understand the neural bases of these cognitive processes. When he’s not in the lab, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, keeping up with his favorite podcasts, and searching for the best fish taco in San Diego. Here is Jonathan’s personal website

Jamal Williams * PhD student, UCSD;   Jamal is a second year PhD student working in both the Störmer and Brady labs. He received his B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at UC San Diego where he studied the links between visual working memory, attention, and perception with Drs. Viola Störmer and Timothy Brady. Jamal is interested in understanding how audition influences visual perception and in how attended objects and features are suppressed by the visual system. Outside of the lab you can find Jamal playing soccer, listening to music, or fixing his dumb bike.

Janna Wennberg PhD student, UCSD; Janna is a first-year student in Psychology, working in both the Störmer and Serences labs. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College, where she also did speech perception research with Dr. Julia Strand. Her eyes were opened to visual cognition (ha) while working with Dr. Shinsuke Shimojo at Caltech for a summer and with Dr. Klaus Oberauer during a semester abroad in Zürich, Switzerland. She subsequently spent a summer working with Dr. Edward Awh and Dr. Edward Vogel at University of Chicago. Currently, Janna’s research interests include multisensory perception, as well as the role of alpha band activity in selective attention and memory. She is also a statistics enthusiast. When she’s not in the lab, Janna enjoys running, reading, and rock climbing, but she’s also open to activities that don’t start with “R.”

Yong Hoon Chung, incoming PhD student, Dartmouth; Yong is an incoming first year PhD student in cognitive neuroscience. He received his undergraduate degree in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at UC San Diego where he worked with Dr. Tim Brady, Dr. John Serences, and Dr. Viola Störmer on projects investigating visual working memory, object tracking, and how visual attention influences perception. Yong is currently interested in studying how visual perception and feature encoding can relate to visual working memory and attention and their underlying neural mechanisms using variety of both behavioral and neuroimaging methods. When he’s not in front of a computer Yong likes playing guitar, watching TV, drinking beer, and cooking Korean foods (or going to a good Korean food restaurant).





* = NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipient

Undergraduate researchers
Raymond Hallmen (UC San Diego)
Sagarika Alavilli (UC San Diego)


The lab collaborates with these wonderful people:

George Alvarez, Harvard University
Timothy Brady, UC San Diego
Patrick Cavanagh, Dartmouth College and York University
Michael Cohen, Amherst College
Steven Hillyard, UC San Diego
Bria Long, Stanford University
John McDonald, Simon Fraser University
Claire Sergent, Université Paris Descartes
Monica Gori, IIT


Audrey Barszcz (undergraduate honors student and researcher, 2018-2020)
Young-jin Choi (undergraduate volunteer, 2018-2020)
Yu-Wen (Lora) Hsu (undergraduate volunteer, 2018-2020)
Kevin Sayed (undergraduate volunteer, 2017-2020)
Emilia Pokta (undergraduate volunteer, 2018-2020)
Avery Quynh (undergraduate volunteer, 2018-2019)
Nora Lyang (undergraduate volunteer 2019)
Kathy Chang (undergraduate volunteer 2018)
Xinwen Wang (undergraduate volunteer 2018)
Frederik Geweke (Visiting Student 2017-2018)
Qingzi (Fanny) Zheng (undergraduate honors student 2017-2018)

Gina D’Andrea-Penna (Neuroscience Rotation Student 2017)
Isabel Asp (undergraduate honors student 2016-2017, joint with Brady lab)

Summer students

Ashley Williams (STARS, 2019)
Hortensia Flores (ENLACE, 2019)
Erika Janella Almira (STARS, 2018)
J. Zak Peet (STARS 2018)
Yessenia Escobar Valencia (STARS, 2018)
Celene Gonzalez (STARS, 2017)