Helen Putnam Fellow, Bunting Program
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
Medical Sciences
The Development of Pattern Vision and Spatial Cognition in Human Infants

Ann Skoczenski has been a pioneer in the development of a new paradigm to study visual system development in human and nonhuman primates. Using psychological and neurophysiological techniques, Skoczenski’s research brings an interdisciplinary approach to the field. Skoczenski is an associate scientist at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. Her recent research has been published in journals including Nature and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

While at the Bunting, Skoczenski will work on the project entitled “The Development of Pattern Vision and Spatial Cognition in Human Infants.” She proposes to complete a study of complex pattern processing during infancy and to design experiments relating the development of pattern vision and spatial representations. She will study the development of spatial position sensitivity—the ability to discern the relative position of different elements in visual patterns.

Skoczenski earned her PhD in psychology from the University of Rochester. She was an NIH Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research associate at Howard Hughes Medical Institute/New York University. She was a Rachel C. Atkinson Fellow at Smith-Kettlewell Institute from 1996–1998 before becoming an associate scientist.

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