Dr. Lynn Olzak

Teaching Interests:

Introduction to Perception (Psy 275, lecture), Advanced Perception (Psy 375, computer lab–semester-long group experiments designed by students), Fundamentals of Sensation and Perception (Psy 475/575, seminar–changing topics in vision science including spatial vision, color vision, higher-level perceptual processing, classics in perceptual and cognitive processing), Capstone in Perception (Psy 4103, seminar–changing topics in visual processing and perceptual development), Neuroscience Capstone (Psy 410.A or E, functional architecture of the visual system and changing topics), Psychological Methods (Psy 294/294L), Graduate Seminar in Cognition (Psy 620, changing topics in perception and cognition), Advanced Seminar in Experimental Psychology (Psy 720, changing topics including modules on Signal Detection Theory, Quantitative Models of Gain Control/Sensitivity Regulation, Linear Systems (Fourier) Analysis, Concurrent Response Techniques and Multidimensional Models, Feature Integration Models and Decision Rules).

Research Interests:

Visual Perception, Spatial Vision, including mid-level quantitative models of visual processing, interactions in complex stimuli, collinear facilitation and contour integration, texture perception and processing, figure-ground segregation, sensitivity regulation and gain control processes, second-order (non-Fourier) processing.

Professional Recognition:

  • Chair, Program Committee, Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics Scientific Section, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2003-2004
  • Member, Program Committee, Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics Scientific Section,  Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 2000-2003
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America, Elected 2000
  • Alpha Delta Pi/Alpha Xi Delta Teaching Dedication Award, Miami University of Ohio, April, 1999
  • Technical Program Committee, 1996, 1997, 1999 Optical Society of America Annual Meetings.

Representative Publications:

Persike, M, Olzak, L. A. and Meinhardt, G. (2009)  Contour integration across spatial frequency. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(6), 1629-48.
Saylor, S. A. and Olzak, L. A.  (2006)  Contextual effects on fine orientation discrimination tasks. Vision Research, 46 (18), 2988-2997.
Olzak, L. A.. and Laurinen, P. I. (2005)  Contextual effects in fine spatial discriminations. Journal of the Optical Society of America A., 22, 2230-2238.
Olzak, L. A. and Thomas, J. P. (2003) Dual nonlinearities regulate contrast sensitivity in pattern discrimination tasks. Vision Research, 43 (13), 1433-1442.
Olzak, L. A. & Thomas, J. P. (1999). Neural recoding in human pattern vision: Model and mechanisms. Vision Research, 39, 231-256.