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Timothy Brady


My work aims to understand how the world is represented by the visual system, and how information is encoded and integrated into memory.  Specifically, I am interested in the capacity and structure of visual long-term memory: How much can we remember about what we see? What makes some information hard or easy to remember? I am also interested in the capacity and structure of visual working memory and how this relates to other cognitive abilities. How does our existing knowledge affect the amount we can hold in mind at once? Finally, I also investigate visual perception, particularly scene perception and the representation of summary or ensemble statistics. My work draws on a variety of methods, including behavioral experiments in the lab and on the internet, computational models, and EEG and other neuroimaging methods.
  • Brady, T. F., Shafer-Skelton, A., and Alvarez, G.A. (2017). Global ensemble texture representations are critical to rapid scene perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43(6), 1160-1176.
  • Brady, T. F., Störmer, V., and Alvarez, G. A. (2016). Working memory is not fixed capacity: More active storage capacity for real-world objects than simple stimuli. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(27), 7459-7464.
  • Brady, T. F. and Alvarez, G.A. (2015). Contextual effects in visual working memory reveal hierarchically structured memory representations. Journal of Vision, 15(15):6.
  • Brady, T. F., Konkle, T.F., Gill, J., Oliva, A. and Alvarez, G.A. (2013). Visual long-term memory has the same limit on fidelity as visual working memory. Psychological Science, 24(6), 981-990.

Updated April 2018