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  • Ben van Buren

    Assistant Professor of Psychology (CSD)

    Email
    vanburenb@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 perception of higher-level visual properties — what causes objects to look more or less alive, emotionally 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 memory.  Ben's recent projects have focused on the perception of intentionality from motion cues, event perception, and the psychology of aesthetics.  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. (2021). Hidden intentions: Visual awareness prioritizes directed attention even without eyes or facesCognition, 217, 1-7. PDF

    Ritchie, J. B., and van Buren, B. (2020). When scenes look like Materials: The reversable figure-ground motif in the paintings of René Magritte. Art and Perception, 8, 1-12. 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

    Vis Percep & Cognition Midflex

    Visual Perception Cognition

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