Dec 22, 2020

As this semester draws to a close, there seems to be no need to emphasize how challenging it has been to all of us – from transferring our experiments and lab work online, to all the technical difficulties experienced during Zoom calls. Nonetheless, these dreadful circumstances carry with them a silver lining — the extraordinary line-up of speakers who gave talks at our lab meetings. We are excited to revisit, review, and wrap up this semester with a quick summary of the talks given over the past few months.

Our younger members, Luna Radević, Nataša Katić, and Gordana Pelengić, all had wonderfully engaging talks which regarded the topics of eye-tracking of questionnaires, visual search, and face perception, respectively. We are all very proud of them and the young researchers they are turning out to be!

Our senior member, Bojana Dinić PhD presented her paper which she introduced as the peak of her academic career so far. The paper reports on a twin study which assesses the heritability of aggression using a novel experimental induction paradigm. Her interesting findings had us discussing both methodological and theoretical matters long after the talk.

Ana Rozman MSc from University of Aberdeen immersed us in her research on ageing-related changes in color perception. Her talk was dynamic and accessible and the discussion afterwards was particularly interesting. We were equally excited to discuss Ana’s results with her supervisor Jasna Martinović from University of Edinburgh and we would like to thank Jasna for joining us this semester!

Irena Pavlović MSc from the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology in Belgrade introduced us to her award-winning master’s thesis on constructing evidence-based public policies to combat homophobia. It was an exceptionally engaging talk given on a particularly creative bit of applied research. 

Rafaela Tsouvalou MSc from Birkbeck University, London started off her talk with a rock-solid primer on the anchoring theory of lightness perception and ended introducing us to her work on the figure-ground belongingness asymmetry. We would particularly like to thank Rafaela’s mentor, Elias Economou who joined us for this discussion which was very fruitful!

Michal Wierzchon PhD from Jagiellonian University, Krakow prepared for us an exceptionally informative and engaging talk on the work he does in the study of consciousness and awareness. His earlier work regarded the measurement of awareness in which he devised a procedure to operationalize this notoriously slippery concept. His more recent work, however, is concerned with the interaction of perceptual awareness and action. Over the span of a multitude of his papers, prof Wierzchon introduced both methodological and theoretical innovations he and his colleagues put forth. The talk was a blast and the discussion afterwards was very illuminating. We were also lucky on this talk to have a lot of international guests, foremost our colleagues from CEEEPUS NEUROSHARE network that our Lab is part of.

Neda Milić Keresteš PhD from the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad closed the semester off with her talk on color vision deficiency (CVD) and available software for people with this type of visual impairment. She presented the results of her doctoral thesis, the end-goal of which was the construction of an algorithm for color correction, to be used by people afflicted with CVD. The presentation was extremely useful, and a fitting end to a semester full of equally interesting talks.

We would like to thank all the speakers for making this semester more interesting with their captivating talks, our international guests for making discussions twice as fun, and the members of our sister Laboratory in Belgrade who attended our meetings and supported us. Last, but certainly not the least, we would like to thank all the members of our own Lab, for making do with what we have, and turning these suboptimal circumstances into a semester full of fruitful discussion and exchange of ideas!


Happy Holidays!