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Monica Castelhano

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Associate Professor
Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience Program

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005
M.A., Michigan State University, 2002
B.Sc., University of Toronto, 2000

T: 613-533-3266

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

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the visual attention and visual memory and how they function in our everyday lives. In the lab, we are currently studying these processes as they relate to real-world scenes. Across various studies we investigate how people perceive, explore, search through and remember information from complex, natural stimuli (i.e., real-world scenes). Using both behavioural and eye movement measures, we are interested in how we initially understand what we are viewing, how this then affects how we pay attention to our environment and then how this information is remembered over the long-term.

Selected Publications

Pereira, E.J. & Castelhano, M.S. (2014) Peripheral guidance in scenes: The interaction of scene context and object content. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(5),2056-2072.

Benson, V., Castelhano, M.S., Au Yeung, S., & Rayner, K. (2012).Eye movements reveal no immediate WOW effect in Asperger’s. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,65, 1139-1150.

Castelhano, M.S. & Heaven, C. (2011). Scene Context influences without Scene Gist: Eye movements Guided by Spatial Associations in Visual Search. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(5), 890-896.

Castelhano, M.S., Mack, M., & Henderson, J.M. (2009). Viewing Task Influences Eye Movements during Active Scene Perception. Journal of Vision, 9(3):6, 1-15.

Castelhano, M.S., Pollatsek, A., & Cave, K. (2008). Typicality Aids Search for an unspecified target, but only in identification, and not in attentional guidance. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15(4), 795-801

Castelhano, M.S., & Henderson, J.M. (2008). The Influence of Color and Structure on Perception of Scene Gist. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance 34(3), 660-675.

Castelhano, M.S., & Henderson, J.M. (2007). Initial Scene Representations Facilitate Eye Movement Guidance in Visual Search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 33(4), 753-763

Torralba, A., Oliva, A., Castelhano, M.S., & Henderson, J.M. (2006). Contextual guidance of eye movements and attention in real-world scenes: the role of global features in object search. Psychological Review, 113, 766-786

Brockmole, J., Castelhano, M.S. & Henderson, J.M. (2006). Contextual Cueing in Naturalistic Scenes: Global and Local Contexts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 32(4), 699-706.

Castelhano, M.S., & Henderson, J.M. (2005). Incidental Visual Memory for Objects in Scenes. Visual Cognition, 12, 1017-1040.