Welcome to the website for the Beck Visual Cognition Research Laboratory.

The main goal of the BVC Lab is to conduct cutting edge research on theoretical and applied questions related to visual attention and memory. The research conducted in the BVC Lab bridges the gap between theory and practice.

Theoretical questions such as “how does the brain store visual information” and “what factors in the visual world capture and guide visual attention” are examined with the goal of developing workable models of human visual cognition. As these theories are developed they are used toward the goal of improving users’ performance on tasks that require visual attention and memory. For example, based on our knowledge of how visual attention and memory operate in the human brain, we can develop graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and training techniques that can accentuate the strengths and limit the weaknesses of these processes.