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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 studies the perception of higher-level visual properties.  What causes objects to look more or less alive, emotionally expressive, or aesthetically pleasing?  His research connects these features of visual experience 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, the perception of physical forces, 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., Cognitive Science, Philosophy (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
    LPSY 2038, Fall 2022

    Independent Study
    LPSY 3950, Fall 2022

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Fall 2022

    Senior Work Project
    LPSY 4001, Fall 2022

    Visual Perception Cognition
    GPSY 5102, Fall 2022

    Future Courses

    Collab
    PSAM 5550, Spring 2023

    Independent Study
    LPSY 3950, Spring 2023

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Spring 2023

    Perc/VirtWorl:Exper/DesigPsy
    GPSY 6456, Spring 2023

    Psych of Aesthetics & Design
    LPSY 3516, Spring 2023

    Senior Work Project
    LPSY 4001, Spring 2023

    Past Courses

    Collab
    PSAM 5550, Spring 2022

    Dean's Honor Symposium
    LNGC 3930, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    LPSY 3950, Spring 2022

    Independent Study
    GPSY 6990, Spring 2022

    Perc/VirtWorl:Exper/DesigPsy
    GPSY 6456, Spring 2022

    Psych of Aesthetics & Design
    LPSY 3516, Spring 2022

    Senior Work Project
    LPSY 4001, Spring 2022

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