Current Lab

 

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Laurie Wilcox

I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology, and member of the Centre for Vision Research at York University, Toronto, Canada. I am also a member of the newly funded VISTA program and am cross-appointed to the graduate program in Biology. I completed my graduate degrees at the University of Western Ontario, and joined York University in 1996. In my basic research program, I use psychophysical methods to reveal properties of the neural mechanisms which underpin stereoscopic depth perception. A recurring theme in my basic research is the stereoscopic interpolation of surfaces and the impact of this on suprathreshold depth perception. I am also interested in how and when stereoscopic depth information is used in more complex environments (both virtual and physical).  I also have a strong interest in industry collaboration and have a number of ongoing projects with companies (Qualcomm) and organizations (VESA, DRDC). 


Matthew Cutone

I’m a Ph.D. Student at The Wilcox Lab. I am investigating potential differences in shape perception and stereoacuity between physical and virtual viewing conditions. I aided in the development and construction of the Physical Stereo Robot (PSR); a precision system for studying depth perception using physical stimuli.

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Lesley Deas

I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Wilcox Lab. My current research is a collaboration between York University and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). Our aim is to evaluate the role of stereopsis and binocular vision to the operational requirements in Air Force personnel. Using psychophysical methods, we are evaluating candidate tasks where stereopsis may be relevant to task performance. Currently, we are investigating altitude estimation in rotary-wing scenarios.


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Megan Goel

I have been a Research Assistant at The Wilcox Lab since 2013, and am now a fourth-year undergraduate student. I assist Professor Wilcox and other members of the lab with the execution of various experiments, research development, and data collection. I also act as an experienced subject on a number of our projects, and contribute to the lab as an administrative assistant. 


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Brittney Hartle

I am a Master's student at The Wilcox Lab. My current research focuses on understanding how disparity interpolation defines the depth of ambiguous regions in stereoscopic Kanizsa figures. Disparity interpolation is the process that can contribute to the representation of illusory surfaces by assigning depth values based on the disparity of neighboring regions. Specifically, my research focuses on examining how the contribution of the 2D depth cues in combination with the binocular disparity signal defines the shape of stereoscopic illusory surfaces. This research was presented at VSS 2016. I have also assessed the effects of stereoscopic experience and assessment techniques on depth magnitude from stereopsis.


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Bob Hou

I am a senior research associate at The Wilcox Lab and keenly interested in helping people to enjoy the science and to make their life easier. 


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Aishwarya Sudhama

I am a Master’s student at The Wilcox lab. Currently I am comparing and evaluating the differences in accuracy between viewing virtual and naturalistic stimuli. Recent work done in our lab has shown that 2D grouping via closure results in a systematic degradation of depth magnitude within stereoscopic 3D percepts. Here I assess whether the observed distortions can be generalized to natural viewing conditions. These results therefore speak to the importance of considering the presence and consistency of multiple depth cues when extrapolating from experiments in virtual environments, using stereoscopes or HMDs, to perception and performance in the real-world.