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Peter C. Gerhardstein

Professor and Cognitive and Brain Sciences Coordinator



Investigation of the perceptual and attention processes that influence the formation of visual memories and exploration of the structure and content of visual representations comprise the primary foci of Gerhardstein's research, and he subscribes to the view that processes from all of these areas are interrelated. His current research includes investigations of both low-level perceptual development (investigating the development of contour integration, orientation sensitivity and other low-level vision abilities in infants and children) and higher level issues relating to the ability to transfer training from screen media (video, television, interactive touch screens) to a 'live,' or 3-D person-to-person interaction, a situation in which young children have been found to underperform to a surprising degree. This second line of research is currently funded by the NSF. His lab is engaged in an on-going collaboration with the research program of Dr. Rachel Barr, at Georgetown University (see http://elp.georgetown.edu/ for more).


  • PhD, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Carleton College

Research Interests

  • Visual perception and memory and the development of abilities in these areas

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Development of Visual Perception
  • Infant Memory Development
  • Perceptual Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Statistics and Design
  • Sensation and Perception

Research Profile

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae