Welcome to the website for the UMass Visual Cognition and Attention Lab.
The VCA lab is part of the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience and Behavior Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It is directed by Kyle Cave. Our research covers the various aspects of visual cognition, including visual attention and object recognition. We want to answer basic questions about the limitations in visual processing that make attention necessary, the mechanisms for controlling and directing attention, and how these mechanisms contribute to higher-level cognitive functions such as object recognition. We are working toward a better understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying visual cognition and attention, and toward more accurate computational models of these mechanisms.