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Susan Lederman

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Professor Emerita

B.A., University of Toronto, 1968
M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1970
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1973


Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research summary

My research program has spanned a wide range of topics that pertain to sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and sensory-guided motor processing. More specifically, my research and publications have focused on the tactile psychophysics of texture (real and virtual), haptic and multisensory processing of objects and their properties, haptic space perception, and the sensory-guided control of grasping and manipulation. Most recently I have been investigating haptic face processing. Collectively, my research has employed both behavioural (psychophysical; cognitive; developmental) and neuroscience (e.g., fMRI; behavioural studies with neurologically intact and impaired populations) paradigms. I have also applied the results of my scientific research toward the solution of a variety of real-world problems, such as the design of a raised tactile feature and code that allows blind individuals to denominate Canadian banknotes by hand, and the design of haptic and multisensory interfaces for virtual environments and teleoperation. Research Summary and Selected Publication Abstracts

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