Texas Tech University

Miranda Scolari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Experimental (Cognitive)

Post doc, 2011-2016, Princeton University, Princeton Neuroscience Institute
PhD, 2007-2012, University of California, San Diego, Psychology
MA, 2005-2007, University of Oregon, Psychology
BA, 2004, Willamette University, Psychology


Phone: (806) 834-5796
Fax: (806) 742-0818
Office: 322, Lab: 203 A-B
Email: miranda.scolari@ttu.edu

Dr. Miranda Scolari

Research Interests

The human visual system is best conceived of as a limited capacity processor: we can only take in and process a finite amount of information at a time. The natural environment, however, contains a wealth of visual input that far exceeds processing capacities. How, then, do we attend only to important information while ignoring the clutter? My research broadly explores the functions and limitations of the human visual system in the face of such perceptual challenges. I am particularly interested in how mechanisms of attention recruit regions of the brain that process visual input in order to facilitate behavioral goals, and primarily use fMRI, TMS and behavioral methods in my investigations.

Please see my CV.

Our lab is currently recruiting undergraduate research assistants and graduate students for Fall 2017! Please email me if you are interested.

Selected Research

Scolari, M., Seidl-Rathkopf, K. & Kastner, S. (2015). Functions of the human frontoparietal attention network: Evidence from neuroimaging. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.

Scolari, M., Ester, E. F. & Serences, J. T. (2014). Feature- and object-based attentional modulation in the human visual system. In: The Oxford Handbook of Attention (A.C. Nobre & S. Kastner, Eds).

Scolari, M., Byers, A. & Serences, J. T. (2012). The precision of top-down attentional gain in early visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 22, 7723-7733.

Umemoto, A., Scolari, M., Vogel, E. K. & Awh, E. (2010). Statistical learning induces discrete shifts in the allocation of working memory resources. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 36, 6, 1419-1429.

Scolari, M. & Serences, J. T. (2010). Basing perceptual decisions on the most informative sensory neurons. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104, 4, 2266-2273.

Scolari, M. & Serences, J. T. (2009). Adaptive allocation of attentional gain. Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 38, 11933-11942.

Serences, J. T., Saproo, S., Scolari, M., Ho, T. & Muftuler, T. (2009). Estimating the influence of attention on population codes in human visual cortex using voxel-based tuning functions. NeuroImage, 44, 1, 223-231.

Serences, J., Scolari, M. & Awh, E. (2009). Online response-selection and the attentional blink: Multiple-processing channels. Visual Cognition, 17, 4, 531-554.

Scolari, M., Vogel, E. K. & Awh, E. (2008). Perceptual expertise enhances the resolution but not the number of representations in working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 1, 215-222.

Scolari, M., Kohnen, A., Barton, B. & Awh, E. (2007). Spatial attention, preview, and popout: Which factors influence critical spacing in crowded displays? Journal of Vision, 7, 2, 1-23.

Teaching Interests & Activities

Neuroscience of Vision

Neuroscience of Vision

Psychological Sciences

  • Address

    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051