Zhong-Lin Lu

Zhong-Lin Lu is Chief Scientist, Associate Provost for Sciences, Director of the NYU-ECNU Institute of Brain and Cognitive Science, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at NYU Shanghai, as well as Professor of Neural Science and Psychology and Global Network Professor at NYU. He is coauthor of Visual Psychophysics: From Laboratory to Theory (MIT Press).

  • Perceptual Learning

    How Experience Shapes Visual Perception

    Barbara Dosher and Zhong-Lin Lu

    A comprehensive and integrated introduction to the phenomena and theories of perceptual learning, focusing on the visual domain.

    Practice or training in perceptual tasks improves the quality of perceptual performance, often by a substantial amount. This improvement is called perceptual learning (in contrast to learning in the cognitive or motor domains), and it has become an active area of research of both theoretical and practical significance. This book offers a comprehensive introduction to the phenomena and theories of perceptual learning, focusing on the visual domain. Perceptual Learning explores the tradeoff between the competing goals of system stability and system adaptability, signal and noise, retuning and reweighting, and top-down versus bottom-down processes. It examines and evaluates existing research and potential future directions, including evidence from behavior, physiology, and brain imaging, and existing perceptual learning applications, with a focus on important theories and computational models. It also compares visual learning to learning in other perceptual domains, and considers the application of visual training methods in the development of perceptual expertise and education as well as in remediation for limiting visual conditions. It provides an integrated treatment of the subject for students and researchers and for practitioners who want to incorporate perceptual learning into their practice.

    • Hardcover $60.00 £50.00
  • Visual Psychophysics

    Visual Psychophysics

    From Laboratory to Theory

    Zhong-Lin Lu and Barbara Dosher

    A comprehensive treatment of the skills and techniques needed for visual psychophysics, from basic tools to sophisticated data analysis.

    Vision is one of the most active areas in biomedical research, and visual psychophysical techniques are a foundational methodology for this research enterprise. Visual psychophysics, which studies the relationship between the physical world and human behavior, is a classical field of study that has widespread applications in modern vision science. Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this textbook provides a comprehensive treatment of visual psychophysics, teaching not only basic techniques but also sophisticated data analysis methodologies and theoretical approaches. It begins with practical information about setting up a vision lab and goes on to discuss the creation, manipulation, and display of visual images; timing and integration of displays with measurements of brain activities and other relevant techniques; experimental designs; estimation of behavioral functions; and examples of psychophysics in applied and clinical settings.

    The book's treatment of experimental designs presents the most commonly used psychophysical paradigms, theory-driven psychophysical experiments, and the analysis of these procedures in a signal-detection theory framework. The book discusses the theoretical underpinnings of data analysis and scientific interpretation, presenting data analysis techniques that include model fitting, model comparison, and a general framework for optimized adaptive testing methods. It includes many sample programs in Matlab with functions from Psychtoolbox, a free toolbox for real-time experimental control. Once students and researchers have mastered the material in this book, they will have the skills to apply visual psychophysics to cutting-edge vision science.

    • Hardcover $70.00 £58.00