Terence Tyson

PhD Student


San Francisco, CA.


I completed my BS in psychology with an emphasis in mathematics at UC Davis in 2013. During my time at UC Davis, I was a research assistant at the Center for Mind and Brain, investigating visual selective attention using psychophysical methods. Afterwards, I worked as a project assistant at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute from 2013-2016, where I supported several research studies on visuomotor control and cortical visual processing of patients with visual impairment (e.g., AMD and Amblyopia).

I then pursued an MS in human factors and ergonomics at San Jose State University from 2016-2018, while interning at the NASA Ames Research Center. Shortly after completing my MS, I converted to a full-time research engineer and civil servant (federal employee) at NASA, a position that I currently still hold. At NASA, I work on a wide array of problems in human-systems integration, spanning various aerospace systems and operational concepts in both space and aeronautics (e.g., crewed missions to Mars, drone delivery operations).


I enjoy working on problems related to visuomotor control and the limits of human vision. I would also like to pick up skills in computer vision and image processing applied to eye tracking, and to make eye-tracking improvements on devices, such as an iPad or VR headset, for robust field-deployable eye-tracking tests that measure distinct phenomena of sensorimotor control.


I would like to improve existing eye-tracking algorithms for robust detection and specificity of oculomotor and/or vestibular disorders. I also have a general interest in fundamental research in visuomotor control and visual information processing.


I would like to start my own lab in computational vision at NASA and perhaps foster a strong collaboration between Berkeley’s School of Optometry and NASA’s human factors community.


Music (playing the guitar and piano), playing go (board game), hiking, badminton, cooking, and reading (fiction, philosophy, psychology, history).


Tyson, T. L., Flynn-Evans, E. E., & Stone, L. S. (under review). Differential Saccade-Pursuit Coordination under Sleep Loss and Low-Dose Alcohol.

Sadler, G. G., Chandarana, M., Rorie, R. C., Tyson, T. L., Keeler, J. N., Smith, C. L., Shyr, M. C., Wong, D. G., Scheff, S., & Dolgov, I. (2022). A Remote, Human-in-the-Loop Evaluation of a Multiple Drone Delivery Operation. AIAA Aviation Forum and Exposition. doi: 10.2514/6.2022-4002.

Hou, C., Tyson, T. L., Uner, I. J., Nicholas, S. C., & Verghese, P. (2021). Excitatory Contribution to Binocular Interactions in Human Visual Cortex is Reduced in Strabismic Amblyopia. The Journal of Neuroscience, 41(41), 8632-8643. doi: https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0268-21.2021.

Smith, C. L., Sadler, G. G., Tyson, T. L., Brandt, S. L., Rorie, R. C., Keeler, J. N., Monk, K. J., Viramontes, J., & Dolgov, I. (2021). A Cognitive Walkthrough of Multiple Drone Delivery Operations. AIAA Aviation Forum and Exposition, 1-12. doi: 10.2514/6.2021-2330.

Tyson, T. L., Feick, N. H., Cravalho, P. F., Flynn-Evans, E. E., & Stone, L. S. (2021). Dose-dependent sensorimotor impairment in human ocular tracking after acute low-dose alcohol administration. The Journal of Physiology, 599(4), 1225-1242. doi: 10.1113/JP280395.

Rorie, R. C., Smith, C., Sadler, G., Monk, K. J., Tyson, T. L., & Keeler, J. (2020). A human-in-the-loop evaluation of the unmanned aircraft system variant of the airborne collision avoidance system. AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 1-10. doi: 10.1109/DASC50938.2020.9256618.

Stone, L. S., Tyson, T. L., Cravalho, P. F., Feick, N. H., & Flynn-Evans, E. E. (2019). Distinct pattern of oculomotor impairment associated with acute sleep loss and circadian misalignment. The Journal of Physiology, 597(17), 4643-4660. doi: 10.1113/JP279357.

Verghese, P., Tyson, T. L., Ghahghaei, S., & Fletcher, D. C. (2016). Depth Perception and Grasp in Central Field Loss. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 57(3), 1476-1487. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-18336.

Geng, J. J., Blumenfeld, Z., Tyson, T. L., & Minzenberg, M. J. (2015). Pupil diameter reflects uncertainty in attentional selection during visual search. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9(435), 1-14. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00435.


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