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Research interests

"What does it mean, to see?" My primary interest in psychology, neuroscience, and computer science is cognition. My research has advanced from first examining cognition and attentional control within the visual system to now examine how multisensory processing contributes to perception and cognition. Working with blind individuals in particular helps to reveal the role of visual experience for cognition and how the "visual" parts of the brain process other information in the absence of visual input. Much of this work has used a 'sensory-substitution' device (called The vOICe) that provides visual information by translating visual input into sound. I therefore study multiple sensory modalities and utilize multiple methods to best understand the psychological and neural underpinnings of cognition in human and non-human animals. Other current projects include virtual reality (VR), the rubber hand illusion, visual decision-making in zebrafish and bees, perceptual learning, spatial cognition, numerical representation, semantic memory, cognitive evolution, synaesthesia, neurostimulation, crossmodal collaboration, and sensory substitution.

Education / Academic qualification

Psychological and Brain Sciences, Doctor of Philosophy, John Hopkins University

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Projects 2012 2017

Research Output 2006 2018

Perception and Interactive Technology

Scheller, M., Petrini, K. & Proulx, M. Apr 2018 The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Volume 2 (4th ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Synaesthetic hallucinations induced by psychedelic drugs in a congenitally blind man

Dell'Erba, S., Brown, D. & Proulx, M. 18 Feb 2018 In : Consciousness and Cognition.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide
Psychotic Disorders

A LEGO Study: Influence of Spatial and Social Cues on Perspective Taking

Esenkaya, T., Jicol, C., Brown, D., O'Neill, E., Proulx, M. & de Sousa, A. A. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Pervasive Child Development Disorders
Autistic Disorder
Spatial Navigation

An Approach to Reducing Distance Compression in Audiovisual Virtual Environments

Finnegan, D., O'Neill, E. & Proulx, M. 19 Mar 2017 2017 IEEE 3rd VR Workshop on Sonic Interactions for Virtual Environments (SIVE) . IEEE, 7901607

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Distance Perception
Complex Regional Pain Syndromes
Neuropsychological Tests
Brain Injuries
Perceptual Disorders