NEW YORK CITY — Dr. Denis Pelli, professor of psychology and neural science at New York University, presented on the phenomenon of crowding and how it offers clues into how people recognize objects during SUNY Optometry’s Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research colloquium on Friday, November 16.
Dr. Pelli studies letter and object recognition. He has also worked on visual requirements of reading and mobility, characterizing the limits of visual perception and visual testing e.g. the Pelli-Robson Contrast Sensitivity Chart.
He received his BA, magna cum laude, in applied mathematics from Harvard College and his doctorate in physiology from Cambridge University, where he is a visiting fellow commoner.
About the Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research at SUNY Optometry
The Institute for Vision Research was founded in 1983 in response to the growing need for scientific knowledge about the visual system and methods of improving visual function. The Institute was renamed the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research (SIVR) in 1984 to honor the Schnurmacher’s generosity that made possible the establishment of an Institutional endowment. The scientific researchers associated with the Institute are engaged in a wide variety of vision research projects. The SIVR coordinates a colloquium series and supports collaborative clinical research, small clinical research projects and innovative vision science research.