Welcome to the

Caplovitz Vision Lab

  1. Our Dynamic Illusory Size Contrast received 1st place in the 2014 Illusion of the Year Contest! Check out the illusion here!

  2. Dan McCarthy successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation and will be joining Dr. Joo-Hyun Song’s Lab at Brown University! Congratulations!

  3. Our paper on cognitive access in grapheme-color synesthesia is now available at Consciousness and Cognition.

  4. Congratulations to our alumna Lianne Barnes who has been named a National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Scholar! Check out the press coverage here.

  5. OUR CUTEST LAB MEMBER: Eleanor Rain Berryhill Caplovitz

  6. Our paper on form-motion interactions in speed perception is now available at the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

  7. Check out the press coverage on our synesthesia research in New Scientist here.

  8. Click here for a tribute to my father’s research

  9. Click here for a link to my sister’s excellent writings on the mortgage crisis

Please contact me if you are interested in joining the lab.

Research Statement:

My research is motivated by an intense passion for understanding how and why I experience the world the way I do. I employ psychophysical, eye-tracking and neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG) techniques to investigate the phenomenological and neurological bases of visual perception and how visual processes ultimately lead to our conscious experiences.

Current Research Questions:

  1. How do different visual processes (i.e., form and motion) interact in generating our

    perception of the world?

  1. How are our percepts influenced by local and global processing of visual


  1. What do form-motion and local-global interactions tell us about functional    

    organization of the visual system?

  1. How are the processes that underlie our conscious experiences influenced by having

    those conscious experiences?

Recently, our lab has begun a series of experiments investigating Color-Grapheme Synesthesia.  Please contact us if you or someone you know is a synesthete and would be willing to participate in our experiments.

Email: gcaplovitz at unr dot edu

Office Location: MSS 406

Office Phone    : 775 - 682 - 8673

Lab Location    : MSS 421

Mailing Address:

    University of Nevada Reno

    1664 North Virginia Street

    Psychology Department Mailstop 0296

    Reno, NV, 89557-0296

Latest News:

  1. Christopher Blair successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation and has joined Dr. Jelena Ristic’s Lab at McGill University! Congratulations!

  2. Watch the C-Lab’s latest illusion, displayed during demo night at the 2015 annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society.

  1. Watch the C-Lab do the ice bucket challenge!