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About me

I'm a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychology Department at Northeastern University. I do research on visual perception, working with Peter Bex, studying spatial vision, localization, and eye movements. I got my Ph.D. in 2015 from UC Berkeley working with David Whitney.

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Visual localization

How does the brain register the locations of the objects that we see in the world? Object positions are primarily assigned based on where they fall on the retina, but perceived location can be influenced by a number of additional factors, such as surrounding motion, visual attention, and stimulus history. Recently, I have examined individual differences in the errors that people make when localizing visual targets, and how the visual system maintains perceived alignment between the two hemifields.
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Eye movements

Eye movements are essential for interacting with our environment. The eyes can move from one location to the next using rapid movements called saccades, which can be made up to 2-4 times per second. Do these eye movements show similar errors to those made by the visual system? I have shown that eye movements can reflect individual differences in localization errors, and in some conditions, can be influenced by motion-induced position shifts.

Translational research

Can we use our understanding of eye movements and localization to benefit individuals with visual impairments? Localization deficits are implicated in a number of visual disorders, such as strabismus and amblyopia, and a complete understanding of this process can help guide diagnostic tools and treatments for these deficits. Recently, I have been investigating new measurement procedures for evaluating eye movements in individuals with strabismus.


Binocular temporal visual processing in myopia.
Vera-Diaz, F. A., Bex, P. J., Ferreira, A., & Kosovicheva, A.
Journal of Vision (In press) • [pdf coming soon]
Serial dependence in position occurs at the time of perception.
Manassi, M., Liberman, A., Kosovicheva, A., Zhang, K., & Whitney, D.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2018) • pdf
Unifying visual space across the left and right hemifields.
Chen, Z.*, Kosovicheva, A.*, Wolfe, B. A., Cavanagh, P., Gorea, A., & Whitney, D.
Psychological Science (2018)  • pdf
(*co-first authors)
Stable individual signatures in object localization.
Kosovicheva, A., & Whitney, D.
Current Biology (2017) • pdf
Fast ensemble representations for abstract visual impressions.
Yamanashi Leib, A. Y., Kosovicheva, A., & Whitney, D.
Nature Communications (2016) • pdf
Age-related differences in the legibility of degraded text.
Wolfe, B., Dobres, J., Kosovicheva, A., Rosenholtz, R., & Reimer, B.
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (2016) • pdf
Foveal input is not required for perception of crowd facial expression.
Wolfe, B. A., Kosovicheva, A. A., Yamanashi Leib, A., Wood, K. & Whitney, D.
Journal of Vision (2015) • pdf
Visual motion shifts saccade targets.
Kosovicheva, A. A., Wolfe, B. A., & Whitney, D.
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (2014) • pdf
Cholinergic enhancement reduces orientation-specific surround suppression but not visual crowding.
Kosovicheva, A. A., Sheremata, S. L., Rokem, A., Landau, A. N. & Silver, M. A.
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (2012)  • pdf
The motion-induced shift in the perceived location of a grating also shifts its aftereffect.
Kosovicheva, A. A., Maus, G. W., Anstis, S. Cavanagh, P., Tse, P. U., & Whitney, D.
Journal of Vision (2012)  • pdf
Where does attention go when it moves?: Spatial properties and locus of the attentional repulsion effect.
Kosovicheva, A. A., Fortenbaugh, F. C., & Robertson, L. C.
Journal of Vision (2010) • pdf
Note: The pdf reprints are protected by copyright laws, and are available only for personal, research use. Any other use is prohibited.


Referencing Stable individual signatures in object localization (Kosovicheva & Whitney, 2017):

"Do you see what I see? Probably not."
News@Northeastern (August 30, 2017).

Referencing Fast ensemble representations for abstract visual impressions (Yamanashi Leib, Kosovicheva, & Whitney, 2016):

"It takes less than a second to tell humans from androids."
Berkeley News (November 28, 2016).


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