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Jeremy M. Wolfe, Ph.D.

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Princeton, Princeton, NJAB06/1977Psychology
Baker Memorial Prize (Undergraduate Teaching)
Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div 6)
Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div 3)
Society of Experimental Psychologists
Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div 1)
Fellow of the American Psychological Society
Fellow of the Easter Psychological Association
Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div 21)

Professional Biography

Jeremy Wolfe graduated summa cum laude from Princeton in 1977 with a degree in Psychology and went on to obtain his PhD in 1981 from MIT, studying with Richard Held. His PhD thesis was entitled "On Binocular Single Vision". Wolfe remained at MIT until 1991. During that period, he published papers on binocular rivalry, visual aftereffects, and accommodation. In the late 1980s, the focus of the lab shifted to visual attention. Since that time, his research has focused on visual search and visual attention with a particular interest in socially important search tasks in areas such as medical image perception (e.g. cancer screening) and security (e.g. baggage screening). His most cited works concern the development of his Guided Search theory. In 1991, Wolfe moved to Brigham and Women's Hospital where he is Director of the Visual Attention Lab. At Harvard Medical School, he is Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Radiology. His work is currently funded by the US National Institutes of Health and the Army Research Office. He has published over 175 peer-reviewed papers, 1 textbook, and 37 book chapters. Wolfe taught Psychology courses (mostly Introductory Psychology) at MIT & Harvard for 25 years. In the early days of MOOCs, his lectures spent a year near the top of downloads on iTunesU,

Jeremy Wolfe is President of the Federation of Associations for Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) and editor of the new Psychonomic Society journal, Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. He is past-Chair of the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society and immediate past-Editor the journal, Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. Wolfe has been President of the Eastern Psychological Association, Chair of Division 3 of the American Psychological Association, and he was Chair of the NRC Panel on Soldier Systems (Army Research Lab Technical Assessment Board). He is on the Governing Board of the Vision Sciences Society. He won the Baker Memorial Prize for teaching at MIT in 1989. He is a fellow of the AAAS, the American Psychological Assocation (Div. 1, 3, 6, & 21), the American Psychological Society, and a member of the Society for Experimental Psychologists. He lives in Newton, Mass.

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  1. R01CA207490 (WOLFE, JEREMY M) Sep 6, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
    Improving Perception in Digital Breast Tomography
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R01EY017001 (WOLFE, JEREMY M) Dec 1, 2005 - Feb 29, 2024
    Prevalence effects in visual research: Theoretical and practical implications
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. R01MH056020 (WOLFE, JEREMY M) Aug 20, 1998 - Feb 28, 2009
    Post-Attentive Vision
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. R01EY005087 (WOLFE, JEREMY M) Dec 1, 1983 - Jul 31, 2005
    Role: Principal Investigator

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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.