Masterclass with Alex Holcombe
Wednesday 25 October, 9.30am-12.30pm
Myer Street Lecture Theatre, UWA
Postgraduate Students, Early Career Researchers, Academics


Alex Holcombe

Rapid Visual Processing

A Masterclass with Alex Holcombe, Co-director of the Centre for Time, University of Sydney and Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Our spatial capacities in some ways exceed our temporal capacities. For example, our perception and cognition are stronger for processing spatial arrays than for temporal arrays. This makes time particularly hard to think about, contributing to our historically poor understanding of the dynamics of mental processing, but this has become an exciting research frontier.

In this masterclass, Dr Holcombe will describe conceptual frameworks for understanding the timescales of human perceptual and cognitive processing. Facts about temporal resolution and temporal integration will be reviewed, with an eye toward understanding the effect of the limited capacity of cognitive processing that prevents moment-by-moment cognitive processing of incoming sensations. With a view towards drawing lessons from comparison of his work with masterclass participants, Dr Holcombe will describe recent results on temporal binding, processing of rapidly-presented letters, attention, and the reading process.

Alex Holcombe is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and Co-director of the Centre for Time. He received a PhD from Harvard University on how the mind processes visual information over time. The latest work from his laboratory investigates how the mind of readers rapidly samples the words of a line of text and coordinates their processing. With others at the Centre for Time, he is interested in how the architecture of the mind affects our representations of the past, present, and future.