I am a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNR, and am interested in understanding how we see. My lab studies mechanisms of color, form, and face perception, and how our perception is shaped by adaptation to the properties of our visual environment.
Kassandra is a graduate student pursuing her PhD in Neuroscience. She received a Masters in Cognitive and Behavioral Science from Illinois State University in 2016, and worked in a Harvard Visual Rehabilitation lab until 2018 when she joined the Webster lab. She recently completed a 4mo. internship with Snap Labs.
Generally, she is interested in the cognitive and neural processes that underlie how we perceive the world, and more specifically, her research interests include the study of visual adaptation and individual differences in processing of color and faces. Outside of the lab Kassandra enjoys watching sci-fi, reading fantasy, and being outdoors.
Jake is a graduate student in the Integrative Neuroscience
doctoral programme at UNR. He is a recovering philosopher with an M.A. (SDSU)
and B.A. (UCLA) in philosophy. Before joining the Webster Lab, he was a
lecturer of philosophy at San Diego State University teaching courses from
critical thinking and logic to philosophy of mind. While philosophy is still a
passion, it’s no longer his concentration. Currently, Jake’s professional
position is as adjunct faculty at Western Nevada College teaching introductory
psychology courses. Jake’s main research interests involve colour
representation, adaptation, Bayesian inference, and colour judgement. His
projects range from psychophysics to neuroimaging (all involving colour
Jesse is a Ph.D. student in the Integrative Neuroscience program at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of North Florida in 2019 where he researched emotional processing and afterwards worked at Mayo Clinic researching Alzheimer's Disease until joining the Webster Lab in 2022. Jesse has research interests in visual adaptation as well as how factors such as context or emotion may impact perception. Additionally, he is interested in how perception may be altered in different mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia. In his personal life, Jesse has a passion for nature, music, philosophy, literature, and art.
Fatemeh is a Ph.D. student in the Integrative Neuroscience program at the University of
Nevada, Reno. She started her B.Sc. in Polymer Engineering and Color Technology at Amirkabir
University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), and she continued there to study her M.Sc. in
Color Science, from which she graduated in January 2021. Fatemeh joined the Webster Lab in
January 2023. She has research interests in color vision, color perception, visual adaptation, and
computational color science. She completed her M.Sc. thesis in color physics and focused on the
optical properties of paints with various surface structures. Fatemeh enjoys indoor gardening,
photography, painting, and TV series in her personal time.
Camilla is a Postdoctoral
Researcher in the Webster Lab. She received her doctoral degree in Cognitive
Linguistics and Color Vision at the University of Paris Nanterre, in France, in
December 2022. Her primary research interests include the impact of language on
cognitive functions in general and in color perception and categorization, in
particular. She is actually involved in research studies looking at visual
search in Normal Observers and Anomalous Observers with color vision
deficiencies, as well as in modeling individual perceptual differences in
natural environments, through psychophysical and neurophysiological techniques’
experiments. Generally, she is passionate by brain plasticity and adaptation,
especially in the link between the brain and the visual system for encoding and
decoding visual representation stages.
Mohana is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Webster lab. Her primary research
work looks at visual adaptation in multifocal contact lens wearers. She is also
involved in research studies looking at visual search in radiological images,
and color perception. She is an Optometrist from India and she received her doctoral
degree in Vision Science from University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2020. Her research
interests also include retinal imaging, and motion perception.