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  • Ben van Buren

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Email
    vanbureb@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    G - 80 Fifth Avenue

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    Ben van Buren

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    Ben van Buren is interested in the richness of our visual experience — what causes objects to look more or less alive, expressive, or aesthetically pleasing?  His research is aimed at connecting these visual features with aspects of our mental lives that are better understood by psychologists — such as attention, perceptual organization, and visual working memory.  Ben has recently been investigating the perception of intentionality from motion cues and the psychology of art perception and production.  He has also written about what visual illusions tell us about our mental architecture, and about meta-psychological questions, such as how to best study perceptual states.

    Ben directs the NSSR Perception Laboratory.  For the latest information on lab news and projects, please visit: http://www.nssrperception.com/


    Degrees Held

    Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology (Yale University)

    B.A., Philosophy, Cognitive Science (University of Pennsylvania)


    Recent Publications

    Colombatto, C., van Buren, B., and Scholl, B. J. (2019). Intentionally distracting: Working memory is disrupted by the perception of other agents attending to you — even without eye-gaze cues. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 26, 951-957. PDF

    van Buren, B., and Scholl, B. J. (2018). Visual illusions as a tool for dissociating seeing from thinking. Perception, 47, 999-1001. PDF

    van Buren, B., and Scholl, B. J. (2017). Minds in motion in memory: Enhanced spatial memory driven by the perceived animacy of simple shapes. Cognition, 163, 87-92. PDF | Demos

    van Buren, B., Bromberger, B., Potts, D., and Chatterjee, A. (2013). Changes in painting styles of two artists with Alzheimer's disease. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7, 89-94. PDF


    Research Interests

    perception, cognition, animacy, event perception, gestalt psychology, aesthetics, visual science of art


    Current Courses

    Fund. of Visual Perception

    Independent Study

    Programming Visual Illusions

    Psych of Aesthetics & Design

    Senior Work Project

    Visual Perception Cognition

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