Principal Investigator

Emily J. Ward [CV]
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Emily is interested in the nature of conscious experience and the neural representations that underlie perception. Before coming to UW-Madison, she received her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology at Yale and then spent a year as a Visiting Researcher at the Donders Institute in the Netherlands. Before Yale, she studied spatial cognition as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania and received her B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Adam Barnas
Post-doctoral Fellow
Broadly speaking, Adam is interested in the underlying neural mechanisms that support object perception and the allocation of attention to objects. Adam’s academic pursuits have led him all around the Midwest. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his M.S. from the University of Dayton in Ohio. He earned his Ph.D. down the road at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the lab of Dr. Adam Greenberg. 

Graduate Students

Y. Ivette Colón
Graduate Student
Ivette is interested in the concept of familiarity and its role in visual perception, social behavior, and the underlying neural and computational mechanisms that support these processes. They received their B.S. in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Computational Modeling from The University of Texas at Dallas. Ivette has been a research specialist in the lab of Dr. Alice O’Toole, studying convolutional neural networks trained for face recognition, before joining the Visual Cognition Lab at UW. They are also affiliated with the Niedenthal Emotions Lab. 

Mohan Ji
Graduate Student
Mohan is broadly interested in visual perception and perceptual learning using video games as a media. He received his B.S. in psychology from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and went on to pursue his Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin-Madison co-advised by Dr. C. Shawn Green and Dr. Emily J. Ward. 

Research Specialist

Siddharth Suresh
Research Specialist
Siddharth completed his Bachelors in Computer Science with a specialization in Data Science from PES University, India. His research interests lie in the confluence of cognitive science, computer vision and machine learning. He was a research intern at the Serre Lab during 2018 after which he joined VMware as an R&D intern in 2019. In the lab, he is interested in studying the underlying principles of visual perception. He plans on going to graduate school and hopes to use this knowledge to advance state-of-the-art models of machine vision. In his free time, you can find him with his guitar – singing and writing songs, reading or playing a game of table tennis. 


Jessie Hwang
Research Assistant


Olivia O’Brien
Research Assistant
Olivia is a freshman studying neurobiology and philosophy. In the lab, she is studying failures of awareness and contextual cueing.



Previous Lab Members

Holly Wegenger
Research Assistant

Cole Cimoch
Research Assistant

Jesse Ward
Research Assistant