The People of the

Caplovitz Vision Lab


Dan McCarthy

B.A. Psychology / Spanish                 Grand View University

M.A. Social Psychology                      University of Northern Iowa

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Curriculum Vitae

I'm a fourth year Ph.D. student at UNR. I received my M.A. at the University of Northern Iowa where I conducted research on face recognition and issues related to eyewitness identification. I am fascinated by the brain's ability to organize complex environmental stimuli into rich, understandable experiences. My current research primarily focuses on form and motion perception and how these processes interact both perceptually and neurally to construct our conscious perception of the world. I also have interests in visual attention and synesthesia. When I’m not in lab, I love playing music, going to concerts and exploring nature.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Gideon Paul Caplovitz

B.A.   Computational Mathematics    UC Santa Cruz

M.S.   Mathematics                              Courant Institute NYU

Ph.D. Cognitive Neuroscience           Dartmouth College

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Students:

Christopher Blair

B.A. German                                  University of Nevada Reno

M.S. Psychology                           University of Nevada Reno

Curriculum Vitae

I'm a fifth year graduate student at UNR.  The entire field of psychology still fascinates me, but there are a couple of areas that I find particularly interesting.  One of those is language, and specifically the processes involved in the learning and expression of secondary languages.  I'm also interested in memory, mostly because of how it contributes to the subjective experience of the world each of us has.

Kyle Killebrew

B.A. Psychology                                  University of Nevada Reno

Curriculum Vitae

My name is Kyle Killebrew. I am a new graduate student in the C-Lab, having recently received my bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in computer science from the University of Nevada, Reno. I have a strong passion for learning in general and will jump at any opportunity to do so. I am currently interested in form and motion perception and how it relates to relative motion, apparent motion, size contrast, and eye movements. I am also generally interested in perceptual attention. My long term goal is to start my own research lab to investigate the how we form conscious percepts and experiences from perceptual inputs. In my spare time I love to read (which I do quite often), watch movies, go to the gym, and be with family and friends.

Diana Cordeiro

Now a Masters Student with Dr. Eiling Yee at the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language.

Alex Boswell

Received her M.A. in Cognitive & Brain Sciences from UNR in May 2013.

Lab Alumni

Lianne Barnes: Honors Student

Now a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Matthew Lieberman at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gennadiy Gurariy

B.A. Psychology                            John Carrol University

I am a second year graduate student at UNR having received my BA in psychology from John Carroll University. Trying to understand the seemingly endless complexities of how our brains manufacture this particular version of reality has given me a much deeper appreciation for what it means to be alive. Thus, I find the study of our perceptual abilities quite intriguing and also take great interest in their neuropsychological and evolutionary perspectives. In my spare time I enjoy reading, creative writing and hiking with my dog.

Jessica Goold

Now a Graduate Student in the lab of Dr. Ming Meng at Dartmouth College.

Colin Kupitz: Honors Student

Now a Lab Manager in the lab of Dr. Julie Golomb at Ohio State.

Megan Stricker: Honors Student

Now a Medical Student at the Saba School of Medicine.

Research Assistants

Amy Kaplan

B.A. Psychology                            UC Santa Cruz

I am a recent transplant to Reno and am volunteering in the Caplovitz Vision Lab to get a good taste of what pursuing a graduate education in Psychology would be like.  My undergraduate education addressed many different aspects of the study of human consciousness--from critical theory and political philosophy to language studies and cognitive psychology--and I am currently caught between looking for similarly broad programs, or deciding to specialize.  In the lab here I am working on an investigation of a conflation of terms being used in vision research today and am excited to see where this research will lead me.  Outside of the lab, I draw comics, brew beer and try to get paid for graphic design work.

Research Scientist

Ryan Mruzczek

B.S. Biological Science: Neuroscience            University of Rochester

Ph.D. Neuroscience                                            Brown University  

Personal Webpage                                         

The brain can process an enormous amount of information regarding the environment seemingly effortlessly. It is obvious that the brain has evolved mechanisms for performing necessary tasks as efficiently as possible. My research interests are centered on the mechanisms that the brain uses to efficiently process sensory information to obtain a functional internal representation of the outside world. Specifically, I am interested in how the human brain represents information about objects, how object representations change as a function of experience, and how information about objects is used to guide behavior. To address these questions, I utilize a combination of psychophysical measurements, functional neuroimaging, and electrophysiological recordings.

Suzanne Calzada

My name is Suzanne Calzada and I am currently enrolled in the undergraduate Psychology program at UNR. I am interested in how our visual system influences our everyday behavior. I ultimately intend on pursuing a degree in marriage and family therapy.