Dr. Julie Golomb

Associate Professor, Cognitive

My research explores the interactions between visual attention, memory, perception, and eye movements. I focus on the coordinate frames of visual representations, as well as how the brain represents object identity and location. Fundamental to my research is the question of visual stability: how our brains create such rich, seamless perceptual experiences from mere snapshots of visual input. For example, when we move our eyes to explore the world – as we do multiple times each second – the images sent to our brain are erratic snapshots, like a movie filmed by a jerky cameraman. Yet the world does not appear to “jump” with each eye movement. How do our brains achieve this feat? And what can we learn when it fails? I use a variety of tools in my research, including human psychophysics, gaze-contingent eye-tracking, fMRI, ERP, and TMS.

Julie obtained a B.S. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University, working with Art Wingfield and Mike Kahana. She completed a PhD in Neuroscience from Yale University with Marvin Chun and Jamie Mazer, and then was a post-doctoral research fellow with Nancy Kanwisher at MIT. She was recently selected as a 2014 Sloan Research Fellow in Neuroscience.

Selected Publications

Finlayson, N.J., Zhang, X., and Golomb, J.D. (2017). Differential patterns of 2D location versus depth decoding along the visual hierarchy. NeuroImage. 147: 507-516. [pdf]

Shafer-Skelton, A., Kupitz, C.N, and Golomb, J.D. (2017). Object-location binding across a saccade: A retinotopic Spatial Congruency Bias. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. OnlineFirst. [pdf]

Finlayson, N.J and Golomb, J.D. (2016). Feature-location binding in 3D: Feature judgments are biased by 2D location but not position-in-depth. Vision Research. 127: 49-56. [pdf]

Lescroart, M.D., Kanwisher, N., and Golomb, J.D. (2016). No evidence for automatic remapping of stimulus features or location found with fMRI. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 10: 53. (Special Issue on Perisaccadic Vision.) [pdf]

Srinivasan, R., Golomb, J.D., and Martinez, A.M. (2016). A neural basis of facial action recognition in humans. Journal of Neuroscience. 36(16): 4434-4442.

Tower-Richardi, S.M., Leber, A.B., and Golomb, J.D. (2016). Spatial priming in ecologically relevant reference frames. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. 78: 114-132.

Golomb, J.D. (2015). Divided spatial attention and feature-mixing errors. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. 77: 2562-69.

Golomb, J.D., Kupitz, C.N, and Thiemann, C.T. (2014). The influence of object location on identity: A "spatial congruency bias". Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 143(6):2262-78. [pdf]

Golomb, J.D., L'Heureux, Z.E., and Kanwisher, N. (2014). Feature-binding errors after eye movements and shifts of attention. Psychological Science. 25(5): 1067-78. [pdf]

Turk-Browne, N.B., Golomb, J.D., and Chun, M.M. (2013). Complementary attentional components of successful memory encoding. NeuroImage. 66: 553-562.

Golomb, J.D. and Kanwisher, N. (2012). Retinotopic memory is more precise than spatiotopic memory. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 109(5): 1796-1801.

Golomb, J.D. and Kanwisher, N. (2012). Higher-level visual cortex represents retinotopic, not spatiotopic, object location. Cerebral Cortex. 22: 2794-2810.

Chun, M.M., Golomb, J.D., and Turk-Browne, N.B. (2011). A taxonomy of external and internal attention. Annual Review of Psychology. 62: 73-101.

Golomb, J.D., Nguyen-Phuc, A.Y., Mazer, J.A., McCarthy, G., and Chun, M.M. (2010). Attentional facilitation throughout human visual cortex lingers in retinotopic coordinates after eye movements. Journal of Neuroscience. 30(31), 10493-10506.

Golomb, J.D., Chun, M.M., and Mazer, J.A. (2008). The native coordinate system of spatial attention is retinotopic. Journal of Neuroscience. 28(42), 10654-662. [pdf]

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]

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  • B.S.: Brandeis University
  • Ph.D : Yale University

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