Alex is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in visual perception, attention, and reading. He studies those topics with a combination of psychophysics, eye-tracking, fMRI, and computational modeling. He recently discovered that skilled readers can’t recognize two words simultaneously, due to a processing bottleneck in a specific part of the brain’s reading circuitry (White, Palmer, Boynton & Yeatman, PNAS 2019). As a postdoc at Stanford, Alex is studying that part of the brain in more detail, with the goal to explain individual differences in reading ability.

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Academic Appointments

  • Instructor, Pediatrics

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