Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research
National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"
Rich Krauzlis earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and doctorate in Neuroscience from UC San Francisco, in Steve Lisberger's laboratory. After postdoctoral training with Fred Miles and Bob Wurtz at the National Eye Institute, he was recruited to the Salk Institute in 1997, where he was promoted to Full Professor in the Systems Neurobiology Laboratory. In 2011, Rich returned to the NEI as a Senior Investigator in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research and Chief of the section on Eye Movements and Visual Selection. Rich's vita includes papers on pursuit and saccadic eye movements, physiological studies of the superior colliculus, cerebellum, and cerebral cortex, psychophysical studies of visual motion perception and visual attention, and computational modeling of eye movements. He has authored several review articles on eye movements, including a chapter in the graduate textbook Fundamental Neuroscience. He also serves on the Editorial Boards for Journal of Neuroscience and Journal of Vision and is a Senior Editor for Vision Research.
Rich Krauzlis' research aims to understand the brain mechanisms that mediate visual attention and selection, and how these mechanisms are related to eye movements and visual perception. Current work focuses on visual spatial attention - the ability to selectively process some objects in the environment while ignoring others. The control of visual attention is typically attributed to the cerebral cortex, but we have found that the superior colliculus, an evolutionarily conserved structure on the roof of the midbrain, is necessary for its normal operation. These findings suggest that at least some advanced functions of the primate brain may be built on top of evolutionarily older brain systems, rather than developed de novo.