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Andrew Hollingworth

Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
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Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Andrew Hollingworth received his Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and a Master's degree in Education from Harvard University. He began graduate studies in Cognitive Science at Michigan State University in 1996, receiving his Ph.D. in 2000. From 2000-2002, he was an Assistant Professor at Yale University. He moved to his current position at The University of Iowa in 2002.

Current Main Research Interests

Andrew Hollingworth's research interests span several related areas of vision and visual cognition. At the broadest level, he is interested in how perception, memory, attention, and goals interact to support intelligent behavior within the complex environments that comprise everyday life. This involves studies using paradigms and stimuli that are modeled on real-world tasks and natural scenes. It also involves using more traditional psychophysical methods to probe core properties of component systems and their interactions. Current topics include: 1) Control over saccade target selection by template representations in visual working memory (VWM); 2) The perception of object correspondence and continuity across saccades, occlusion, and changes in object position; 3) Strategic control over VWM encoding and maintenance and the role of visual attention in these processes; 4) Core properties of VWM capacity and representational format; 5) The distribution of visual attention across perceptual objects and its influence on saccade target selection; 6) The roles of knowledge, memory, and goals in visual search, particularly through natural scenes; 7) The construction of scene representations across shifts of attention and gaze; 8) The structure of long-term memory for visual environments.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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