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Becker Mark Becker
Associate Professor
Associate Chairperson/Undergraduate Director
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, University of California, San Diego 2000
Masters Experimental Psychology, University of California, San Diego 1995
Bachelors Union College, Schenectady, NY 0
Primary Program: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
285B Psychology
(517) 432-3367

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Perception & Attention Lab My lab investigates how attention alters the way visual information is represented. Some of our research suggests that conscious awareness of visual scenes is very limited, containing only the 3 to 5 items which are the current focus of attention. Further, once attention leaves an object it is no longer consciously represented. This close link between attention and conscious experience highlights the importance of allocating attentional resources efficiently to the “appropriate” parts of a visual scene.

Research Publications    
2011Ingersoll, B., Meyer, K., & Becker, M. (2011). Short Report: Increased rates of depressed mood in mothers of children with ASD associated with the presence of the broader autism phenotype. Autism Research, 4, 143-148.
2011Becker, M. W., & Leinenger, M. (2011). Attentional selection is biased toward mood-congruent stimuli. Emotion, doi:10.1037/a0023524
2011Mance, Irida; Becker, Mark W.; Liu, Taosheng (2011). Parallel consolidation of simple features into visual short-term memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, May , 2011.
2010Bix, L., Kosugi, W., Bello, N., Sundar, R., & Becker, M. (2010). The use of change detection as a method of objectively evaluating labels. Packaging Technology and Science, 23(7), 393-401.
2010Becker, M. W. (2010). The effectiveness of a gaze cue depends on the facial expression of emotion: Evidence from simultaneous competing cues. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 72(7), 1814-1824.
2009Becker, M.W., & Detweiler-Bedell, B. (2009). Early detection and avoidance of threatening faces during passive viewing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 7, 1257-1264.
2009Becker, M.W. (2009). Panic Search: Fear Produces Efficient Visual Search for Non-threatening Objects. Psychological Science, 20, 4, 435-437.
2008Becker, M.W., & Rasmussen, I.P. (2008). The Guidance of Attention to Objects and Locations by Long Term Memory of Natural Scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 34(6), 1325-1338.
2007Becker, M.W., & Rasmussen, I.P. (2007). The rhythm aftereffect: Support for time sensitive neurons with broad overlapping tuning curves. Brain & Cognition, 64 (3), 274-281.
2007Becker, M.W., Pashler, H., & Lubin, J. (2007) Object intrinsic oddities draw early saccades. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33, 20-30.