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 third 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 third year PhD student in Psychology. He received his undergraduate degree from theUniversity of South Carolina, where he researched cross-modal attention and emotional attentional capture. Jonathan is interested in how top-down and bottom-up attention work together to influence perception within and across modalities, using 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 second 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.

Janna Wennberg   - PhD student 
Janna is a first-year student in Psychology, working in both the Störmer and Serences labs. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Carleton College, where she also did speech perception research with Dr. Julia Strand. Her eyes were opened to visual cognition (ha) while working with Dr. Shinsuke Shimojo at Caltech for a summer and with Dr. Klaus Oberauer during a semester abroad in Zürich, Switzerland. She subsequently spent a summer working with Dr. Edward Awh and Dr. Edward Vogel at University of Chicago. Currently, Janna’s research interests include multisensory perception, as well as the role of alpha band activity in selective attention and memory. She is also a statistics enthusiast. When she’s not in the lab, Janna enjoys running, reading, and rock climbing, but she’s also open to activities that don’t start with “R.”


Sagarika Alavilli
Undergraduate researcher
Sagarika is studying behavioral oscillations during location- and object-based attention.

Audrey Barszcz

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

Raymond Hallmen
Undergraduate researcher
Raymond is studying ensemble processing using EEG.

Young-jin Choi
Undergraduate researcher
Young-jin is studying how feature- and object-based attention interact. 

Yu-Wen (Lora) Hsu
Undergraduate researcher
Lora is studying mechanisms of feature-based attention. 

Delaney Pickell
Undergraduate researcher
Delaney is studying interactions between attention and working memory.

Emilia Pokta
Undergraduate researcher
Emilia is studying the neural basis of cross-modal exogenous 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.


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 


Nora Lyang (undergraduate volunteer 2019)
Kathy Chang (undergraduate volunteer 2018)
Xinwen Wang (undergraduate volunteer 2018)
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)
Isabel Asp (undergraduate honors student 2016-2017, joint with Brady lab)