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 a second year 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. Here is Angus' personal website

Jonathan Keefe   - PhD student
Jonathan is a second 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.

Jamal Williams   - PhD student
Jamal is a first year PhD student working in both the Störmer and Brady labs. He received his B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at UC San Diego where he studied the links between visual working memory, attention, and perception with Drs. Viola Störmer and Timothy Brady. Jamal is interested in understanding how audition influences visual perception and in how attended objects and features are suppressed by the visual system. Outside of the lab you can find Jamal playing soccer, listening to music, or fixing his dumb bike.


Audrey Barszcz

Undergraduate researcher and honors student
Audrey is studying attention-induced perceptual distortions.   

Kathy Chang
Undergraduate researcher
Kathy is studying how cross-modal exogenous and endogenous attention interact. 

Emilia Pokta
Undergraduate researcher
Emilia is studying the time course of exogenous and endogenous attention.


Avery Quynh
Undergraduate researcher
Avery is studying how audition can facilitate visual processing.

Kevin Sayed
Undergraduate researcher
Kevin is studying how attended and unattended information interact in ensemble perception.

Xinwen Wang
Undergraduate researcher
Xinwen is studying mechanisms of feature-based attention.


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, Amherst College
  • Steven Hillyard, UC San Diego
  • Bria Long, Stanford University
  • John McDonald, Simon Fraser University
  • Claire Sergent, Université Paris Descartes
  • Monica Gori, IIT 


Erika Janella Almira (STARS summer student 2018, joint with Brady Lab)
J. Zak Peet (STARS summer student 2018)
Yessenia Escobar Valencia (STARS summer student 2018)
Frederik Geweke (Visiting Student 2017-2018)
Qingzi (Fanny) Zheng (Undergraduate honors student 2017-2018)
Gina D'Andrea-Penna (Neuroscience Rotation Student 2017)
Celene Gonzalez (STARS summer student 2017)