Viola Störmer, Ph.D. - Viola is the head of the Multisensory Integration and Perception Lab. She received her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard working with Dr. George Alvarez and Dr. Patrick Cavanagh in the Harvard
Vision Lab
Viola's office at UC San Diego is in McGill Hall, Room 5314. You can email her at:

Angus Chapman - PhD student
Angus is an incoming grad student in psychology, working across both the Störmer and Serences labs. He is originally from New Zealand, working and studying in Wellington for over 6 years before making the move out to San Diego to begin his PhD. Angus is interested in how sensory information is represented and coordinated across the brain, and how cognitive processes like attention and working memory are involved in constructing our perceptual experience. In his spare time, he enjoys swing dancing, late-70's New Wave, and confusing Americans when he talks.

Jonathan Keefe   - PhD student
Jonathan is a first year PhD student in Psychology. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, studying cross-modal attention with Dr. Jessica Green. During that time, he also completed independent projects at Vanderbilt University with Drs. Frank Tong and David Zald, studying the Emotional Attentional Blink. Jonathan is interested in how top-down and bottom-up attention work together to influence perception within and across modalities, using tools like EEG to better understand the neural bases of these cognitive processes. When he’s not in the lab, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, keeping up with his favorite podcasts, and searching for the best fish taco in San Diego. Here is Jonathan's personal website.

Audrey Barszcz

Undergraduate researcher



Kathy Chang
Undergraduate researcher

Emilia Pokta
Undergraduate researcher

Kevin Sayed
Undergraduate researcher

Jamal Williams
Undergraduate researcher
(joint with Brady lab)

Qingzi (Fanny) Zheng
Undergraduate honors student 
(joint with Brady lab)


The lab collaborates with the following people:

  • George Alvarez, Harvard University
  • Timothy Brady, UC San Diego
  • Patrick Cavanagh, Dartmouth University and York University
  • Michael Cohen, MIT
  • Steven Hillyard, UC San Diego
  • Bria Long, Stanford University
  • John McDonald, Simon Fraser University
  • Claire Sergent, Université Paris Descartes

Gina D'Andrea-Penna (Neuroscience Rotation Student)
Celene Gonzalez (STARS summer student
Frederik Geweke (Visiting Researcher)