Avigael Aizenman

PhD Student
Perception and Visual Cognition


Boston, although I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. Being in Berkeley is a bit like coming back home for me!


I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Brandeis University where I worked with Dr. Robert Sekuler on questions concerning audiovisual integration and musicianship. After graduating I worked with Dr. Jeremy Wolfe in the Visual Attention Lab on topics relating to visual search, specifically how radiologists search medical images. To learn more about me and my work please visit: http://aviaizenman.com/.


Considering vision is the primary sense with which humans experience the world, we still have a lot to learn about very basic properties of the visual system! I was drawn to the Vision Science department’s commitment to multidisciplinary research, from the cellular level to how whole brain regions contribute to vision. I am excited to be part of this program, and look forward to learning from and contributing to this community.


I am fascinated by neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to adapt and change. I plan to explore research questions that focus on the brain’s ability to rewire, and how this can be harnessed to help treat visual impairments. I hope to explore how integrating new technologies (such as virtual reality) can create immersive and engaging environments that can be customized to a patient’s needs to better facilitate visual recovery.


Vision research can have profound implications on human health and social issues. My dream is to continue working in a community of passionate researchers to try and understand the brain and visual system, and to apply my findings in a way that positively impacts as many people as possible.


Coming from Boston’s cold winters, it’s a treat to be able to explore Berkeley year round! I enjoy hiking, camping, reading, cooking and exploring all the delicious restaurants the Bay Area has to offer. I also enjoy travelling and plan to continue exploring new countries and cultures with my boyfriend/travel buddy Ryan.


Võ, M. L., Aizenman, A. M., & Wolfe, J. M. (2016). You think you know where you looked? You better look again. Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance, 10, 1477–1481.

Wolfe, J. M., Aizenman, A. M., Boettcher, S. E., & Cain, M. S. (2016). Hybrid foraging search: Searching for multiple instances of multiple types of target. Vision research,50–59.

Wen, G., Aizenman, A., Drew, T., Wolfe, J. M., Haygood, T. M., & Markey, M. K. (2016). Computational assessment of visual search strategies in volumetric medical images. Journal of medical imaging (Bellingham, Wash.), 1, 015501.

Wolfe, J. M., Evans, K. K., Drew, T., Aizenman, A., & Josephs, E. (2015). How do radiologists use the human search engine? Radiation protection dosimetry, 1-4, 24–31.

Drew, T., Aizenman, A. M., Thompson, M. B., Kovacs, M. D., Trambert, M., Reicher, M. A., & Wolfe, J. M. (2015). Image toggling saves time in mammography. Journal of medical imaging (Bellingham, Wash.), 1, 011003.

Gold, J. M., Aizenman, A., Bond, S. M., & Sekuler, R. (2013). Memory and incidental learning for visual frozen noise sequences. Vision research, 19–36.

Cassidy, B. S., Leshikar, E. D., Shih, J. Y., Aizenman, A., & Gutchess, A. H. (2013). Valence-based age differences in medial prefrontal activity during impression formation. Social neuroscience, 5, 462–473.


Dennis Levi Lab
488 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA