Mary Peterson

Professor Emeritus
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Psychology 524 (Office)
Psychology 506 (Lab)

Research Interests: 

  • Cognitive neuroscience of shape and object perception, face perception, and context effects.
  • Attention.
  • Perceptual learning.

Updated: 07/05/22

Selected Publications: 

  • Sanguinetti, J. L., Trujillo, L. T., Schnyer, D. M., Allen, J. J. B., & Peterson, M. A. (2015). Increased alpha band activity indexes inhibitory competition across a border during figure assignment. Vision Research. Online publication: 28-AUG-2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2015.06.008
  • Spanò, G., Peterson, M.A., Nadel, L., & Edgin, J.O. (2015). Seeing can be remembering: Interactions between memory and perception in typical and atypical development. Clinical Psychological Science, 1-18. DOI: 10.1177/2167702615590997.
  • Cacciamani, L., Scalf, P. E., & Peterson, M. A. (2015). Neural evidence for competition-mediated suppression in the perception of a single object. Cortex. DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.05.018
  • Sanguinetti, J. L., Allen, J. J. B., & Peterson, M. A. (2014). The ground side of an object: perceived as shapeless yet processed for semantics. Psychological Science, 25(1), 256-264.
  • Peterson, Mary A. (2013). Low-level and High-level Contributions to Figure-Ground Organization: Evidence and Theoretical Implications. In J. Wagemans (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization. NY: Oxford University Press
  • Peterson, M. A., Cacciamani, L., Barense, M. D., & Scalf, P. E. (2012.) The perirhinal cortex modulates V2 activity in response to the agreement between part familiarity and configuration familiarity. Hippocampus, 22, 1965-1977.


Courses Taught:

  • PSY 429 - Advanced Perception (2021)
  • PSY 536 - Visual Cognition (2015)

Updated: 05/24/24


  • Ph.D. Columbia University (1984)