Jerry Feldman, PhD
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street New York, NY 10036


Research Description

 

Learning in the Visual System

My current research involves demonstrating and characterizing how the visual system learns. Models based on associative learning, including operant and respondent conditioning, are used to provide experimental paradigms for the parametric analysis of visual learning. Some of these research paradigms show how associative learning can be used to accelerate accommodative and vergence skills as well as other skills. Other paradigms show how conditions of learning, such as types of response consequences or training parameters, influence various measures of learning. Our current work will involve evaluating the Kamin blocking effect in human visual perception and how, in general, selective stimulus discrimination and generalization processes take place. Monocular as well as binocular tasks such as stereopsis are utilized to illustrate these in humans of all ages.

Education

 

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, PhD Experimental Psychology, 1970.

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY,  MS Psychology, 1967

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, BA Psychology 1966

Appointments

 
  • Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, SUNY College of Optometry, 1997-present.

  • Director, Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research, SUNY College of Optometry, July 1996-present.

  • Acting Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY College of Optometry,August 1995-June 1997

  • Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, SUNY College of Optometry, Oct 1991-present.

  • Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences, SUNY, College of Optometry, 1979-1982.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, SUNY College of Optometry, 1976-1997.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, SUNY College of Optometry,1974-1976.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA,1970-1974.

  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, 1969-1970.

Honors & Memberships

 
  • Association of Chief Academic Officers, SUNY, 1995-1997.

  • National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, 1994.

  • Association of Optometric Educators, 1993.

  • American Academy of Optometry, 1993.

  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 1992.

  • American Psychological Association, 1990.

  • Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 1975-1980.

  • New York Society for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 1975.

  • Sigma Xi, 1970.

  • N.D.E.A. Predoctoral Fellow, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1968-1969.

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1967-1968.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, 1966.

Licenses

 

Psychologist, New York State Education Department, #4973, 1976.

Teaching Experience

 
  • Research Methods

  • Thesis/Dissertation Research

  • Learning and Motivation

  • Human Development

  • Child Psychology

  • Comparative Psychology

  • Statistics

  • Experimental Psychopathology

  • Aging and Development

  • Discrimination Learning

  • Behavior Modification

Publications

 

Cooper J, Citek K, Feldman J  Comparison of Refractive Error Measurements in Adults with Z-View Aberrometer, Humphrey Auto-Refractor, and Subjective Refraction, Optometry, Journal of the American Optometric (submitted and accepted for publication July 2010

Feldman J. (ed. Rosenfield) JOE.  Graduate Studies and Research at SUNY Optometry, submitted April 2010

Cooper J, Feldman J.     Reduction of symptoms in Binocular Anomalies Using Computerized Home Therapy – HTSTM, Optometry, Journal of the American Optometric Association (September 2009), 80(9), 481-486.

Bass, SJ, Cooper, J., Feldman, J. and Horn, D. "Comparison of an Automated Confrontation Testing Device Versus Finger Counting in the Detection of Field Loss", Optometry, Vol. 78, No. 8, pp. 390-395, 2007

Cooper, J., Bass, S., Feldman JM, Horn D      Automated confrontational field testing,  accepted for publication, .  Optometry. Jan. 2007.

Bass S, Feldman JM     Visual-field defects in well-defined retinal lesions using Humphrey and Dicon perimeters.  Optometry. 2000 Oct; 71(10):643-52.

Pasner K, Cooper J, Feldman JM     The relationship of stimulus characteristics to retinal correspondence and suppression in intermittent exotropia. Binocular Vision & Strabismus Quarterly, 2000, 15 (2), 131-140.

Werner L, Heiberger M, Feldman J, Johnston E.A study of the prevalence of unethical student behavior in optometry school. J Optom. Educ., 25(3), Sp. 2000, 82-87.

Cooper J, Pollack GJ, Ciuffreda KJ, Kruger P, Feldman J.     Accommodative and vergence findings in ocular myasthenia:  A case analysis, Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 2000, 20(1), 5-11.

Anicho UM, Cooper J, Feldman JM, Jaanus SD, Dignam K.     A study of the clinical efficacy of Paremyd with and without dapiprazole in subjects with light and dark brown irides, Optometry and Vision Science, 1999, 76(2), 94-101.

Cooper J, Feldman JM, Jaanus S, Appleman W, Appel S, & Horn D.    Pupillary dilation and funduscopy with Paremyd or Tropicamide (0.5% or 1.0%) as a function of iris and skin pigmentation, and age. Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1996, 67(11), 669-675.

Solan, H.A., Feldman, J.M., & Tujak, L.    Developing visual and reading efficiency in older adults.  Optometry and Vision Science, 1995, 72(2), 139-145.

Feldman, J.M., Cooper, J., & Eichler R.    The effect of stimulus parameters (size, complexity, depth, and line thickness) on horizontal fusional amplitudes in normal humans.  Binocular Vision, 1993, 8(1), 23-30.

Cooper, J., Feldman, J.M., & Eichler R.    Relative strength of central and peripheral fusion as a function of stimulus parameters.  Optometry and Vision Science, 1992, 69(12), 966-972.

Feldman, J.M., Cooper, J., Reinstein, F. & Swiatoca, J.     Asthenopia induced by computer-generated fusional vergence targets.  Optometry and Vision Science, 1992, 69(9), 710-716.

Feldman, J.M., Cooper, J., Carniglia, P., Schiff, F.M., & Skeete, J.N.    Comparison of fusional ranges measured by Risley Prisms, Vectograms, and Computer Orthopter.  Optometry and Vision Science, 1989, 66(6), 375-382.

Cooper, J., Feldman, J.M., Selenow, A., Fair, R., Bucciero, F., MacDonald, D., and Levy, M.     Reduction of asthenopia following accommodative facility training.  American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, 1987, 64(6), 430-436.

Cooper, J., Selenow, A., Ciuffreda, K., Feldman, J., Faverty, J., Hokoda, S., and Silver, J.     Reduction of asthenopia in patients with convergence insufficiency after fusional vergence training, American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics,1983, 60(12), 982-989.

Feldman, J.     Behavior modification in vision training: Facilitating prerequisite behaviors and visual skills.  Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1981, 52(4), 960-964.

Horn, D., Cooper, J., and Feldman, J.     Reliability of fixation disparity curves in normal subjects.  American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, 1981, 58(11), 960-964.

Trachtman, J., Giambalvo, V., and Feldman, J. Biofeedback of accommodation to reduce functional myopia.  Biofeedback and Self-regulation, 1981, 6(4), 547-564.

Feldman, J. and Cooper, J.     Rapid assessment of stereopsis in pre-verbal children using operant techniques: A preliminary study.  Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1980, 51(8), 767-771.

Cooper, J. and Feldman, J.     Operant conditioning of fusional vergence ranges in children using random dot stereograms.  American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, 1980, 57(4), 205-213.

Cooper, J. and Feldman, J.     Panoramic viewing and anomalous retinal viewing in the intermittent exotrope of the divergence excess type.  American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, 1979, 56(7), 422-429.

Cooper, J. and Feldman, J.     Assessing monocular performance on the Frisby Stereo Test.  Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1979, 50(7), 807-809.

Cooper, J., Feldman, J., and Medlin, D.     Comparing stereoscopic performance of children using Titmus, TNO, and Randot Stereo tests.  Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1979, 50(7), 821-825.

Cooper, J. and Feldman, J.     Random dot stereogram performance by strabismic, amblyopic, and ocular pathology patients in an operant discrimination task.  American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, 1978, 55(9), 599-609.

Cooper, J. and Feldman, J.     Operant conditioning and the assessment of stereopsis in young children.  American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, 1978, 55(8), 532-542.

Feldman, J.     Blocking as a function of added cue intensity.  Animal Learning and Behavior, 1975, 3(2), 98-102.

Feldman, J.     Added cue control as a function of reinforcement predictability.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1971, 91(2), 317-325.

Feldman, J.     Added cue control as a function of reinforcement predictability.  Ph.D Dissertation, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1970. Michigan University Microfilms.

Feldman, J.     Successive discrimination reversal as a function of drive and incentive.  Psychonomic Science, 1968, 13, 265-266.

Gossette, R. and Feldman, J.    An examination of the sensitivity of successive discrimination reversal (SDR) measures to differences in motivational level with Squirrel monkeys.  Psychonomic Science, 1968, 11, 157-158.

Presentations

 

A new automated confrontation testing device vs. finger counting in the detection of filed loss in glaucoma (S. Bass, J. Cooper, J. Feldman, D. Horn), Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, May 2004, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Dicon vs. Humphrey (S. Bass, J. Feldman) Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Seattle, Washington, Dec. 1999

Humphrey sita vs. Optopus TOP (Abraham-Cohen, S. Bass, Feldman) Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Seattle, Washington, Dec. 1999

ERGs in myopia (S. Bass, A. Axin, J. Feldman,), Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, May 1999, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Accommodative vergence findings in myasthenia gravis (J. Cooper, G.J. Pollack, K.J. Ciuffreda, P. Kruger, J. Feldman), Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, San Francisco, California, 1998.

A study of the prevalence of unethical student behavior in optometry schools. (DL. Werner, MH. Heiberger, J. Feldman, ER Johnston), Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, San Francisco, California, 1998.

ERGs in myopia (S. Bass, A. Axin, J. Feldman), Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, San Francisco, California, 1998.

Assessing asthenopia using a written questionnaire (J. Feldman, J. Cooper), Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, San Francisco, California, 1998.

Correlation of screening vs. threshold tests using frequency doubling perimetry technology (S. Bass, J. Sherman, J. Feldman), Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, May 1998, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The GDX nerve fiber analyzer vs. traditional assessment of optic nerve compromise (J. Sherman, S. Bass, J. Feldman), Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, May 1998, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Two photographic techniques to measure pupillary dilation(U. Anicho, J. Cooper, S. Jaanus, J. Feldman & K Dignam), Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Orlando, Fla., 1996.

The Efficacy of Mydriasis with Paremyd and its reversal with dapiprazole in Blacks and Caucasians (J. Cooper, J. Feldman, S. Jaanus, U. Anicho, & K Dignam), Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, New Orleans, LA., Dec. 1995.

The efficacy of mydriasis with Paremyd and its reversal with dapiprazole in Blacks and Caucasians (J. Cooper, J. Feldman, S. Jaanus, U. Anicho, & K Dignam), Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, May 1995.

Training visual reading efficiency in the elderly (H.Solan J. Feldman & L.Tujak), Presented at American Society for Aging, Atlanta, Ga., March 1995.

Developing visual and reading efficiency in older adults (with H.Solan, J. Feldman & L.Tujak), Presented at American Academy of Optometry, San Diego, Cal., Dec. 1994.

Training visual reading efficiency in the elderly (H.Solan, J. Feldman & L.Tujak), Presented at COVD, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 1994.

Training visual reading efficiency in the elderly (H.Solan, J. Feldman & L.Tujak), Presented at Mount Sinai Hospital GERIAC, Dec. 1993.

The relative strengths of central and peripheral fusion (J. Cooper & J. Feldman), Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Anaheim, California, Dec. 1991.

Reliability of vergence assessment (J. Feldman, J. Cooper, P. Carniglia, F. Schiff, & J. Skeete), Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Denver, Colorado, 1987.

Accommodative training and the reduction of asthenopia (J. Feldman & J. Cooper), Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 1985.

Fusional vergence training and the reduction of asthenopia in convergence insufficiency (J. Cooper & J. Feldman). Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Houston, Texas, 1982.

Panoramic viewing and ARC in the intermittent exotrope (J. Cooper & J. Feldman). Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Boston, Mass., 1978.

Reliability of fixation disparity curves in normal subjects (with J. Cooper and D. Horn). Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Boston, Mass., 1978.

Operant conditioning of fusional convergence ranges using random dot stereograms (J. Feldman & J. Cooper). Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Boston, Mass., 1978.

Operant conditioning and the assessment of stereopsis of young children (J. Feldman & J.Cooper). Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Birmingham, Alabama, 1977.

Random dot stereogram responses in amblyopia, strabismus, and unilateral ocular pathology (J. Cooper & J. Feldman). Presented at the American Academy of Optometry meeting, Birmingham, Alabama, 1977.

Elimination of a discriminative urinary retention phobia. Presented at the Midwestern Association of Behavior Analysis meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 1976.

Spatial cue serial reversal learning affected by reward magnitude and degree of motivation. Presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association meeting, Denver, CO, 1968.

Grants

 

Short-term Research Training, NIH T-35 training grant (co-PI with K. Ciuffreda) 2010-2015;  1994-2006 $36,000/year.

The Effect of Paremyd and Rev-Eyes in Blacks and Caucasians (w. J. Cooper), Allergan, March 1994-Dec. 1995, $7,775.

Convergence Insufficiency Therapy, Almay Inc., 1994, $5,000.

Aging and Visual Information Processing (co-PI with H. Solan).  COVD,1993, 500.

HIP Grant for Woodward State Hospital-School, Woodward, IA. Behavior Modification and Habilitation of the Physically Handicapped Retardate, 1970-1972 (funded $1.5 million).

 

Invited Lectures and Talks

 
  • Psychology as a Career, Bayside Hight School, Bayside, N.Y., 1989-1991.

  • Behavior Modification in Optometry, continuing education, Saddlebrook, NJ, 1978.

  • Behavior Modification and the Learning Disabilities, Invited series of lectures to Vision Training Residency program, State College of Optometry, New York, New York, 1977.

  • Vision Training and the Application of Behavior Modification, Vision Training Resident program, State College of Optometry, New York, NY, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1980.

  • Recent Developments in Experimental Psychology and Their Application to Vision Training, New Jersey Academy of Optometry, Sommerville, NJ, 1975.

  • Behavior Modification in Optometry, Rural Optometrist program, State College of Optometry, Albany, NY, 1975.

Editing and Reviewing

 
  • Optometry and Vision Science, 1989.

  • Canadian Journal of Optometry, 1981.

  • American Journal of Optometry and Physiological Optics, 1980-88.

  • Journal of the American Optometric Association, 1980.

  • Random House, 1978.