Biosciences Graduate Program

Shaun P. Vecera, BS, MS, PhD


Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Office: E125 SSH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-839

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BS, Psychology, University of Oregon
MS, Psychology, Carnegie-Mellon University
PhD, Psychology, Carnegie-Mellon University

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Research Summary

Professor Vecera is a specialist in visual cognition, with specific interests in visual attention and perception and the neural bases of these visual processes. He is a professor in the cognition and perception area in the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa. His research program chiefly relies on experimental investigations with neurologically normal participants. However, Professor Vecera also relies on neurologic populations to constrain his theoretical views of visual processing. For example, two recent projects from his lab investigated attentional orienting in clinical populations--patients with unilateral parietal damage and patients with frontal-lobe damage. The results from these studies are highly interdisciplinary in nature, informing theories of both normal attentional processing and attentional impairments following brain injury. Professor Vecera's expertise with various visual cognition paradigms would allow these paradigms to be adapted for use with special populations (e.g., neurologic or psychiatric populations), and the use of such paradigms with special populations would give trainees a unique experience of integrating theoretically-motivated tasks into clinical research.

Date Last Modified: 06/06/2016 - 13:17:48