Mazyar Fallah

A photograph of Dr. Mazyar Fallah.
Professor and Dean, College of Biological Science
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1st Floor, Science Complex, Atrium Wing

My interest in research started as an undergraduate where I had opportunities to work with a number of different faculty members investigating protein folding, motor molecules of the golgi apparatus, and attentional mechanisms.  That led to my interest in merging biological science with the study of the brain.  I received my doctorate under the supervision of Charlie Gross at Princeton University, focusing on the oculomotor (eye movement) control of spatial attention.  I completed my post-doctoral training under John Reynolds at the Salk Institute, investigating object-based attention and smooth pursuit eye movements.  In 2005, I took up a faculty position in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, associated with the Centre for Vision Research.  Over 15 years, I continued my research program while also holding various administrative appointments, including undergraduate program director in kinesiology, and associate dean research & innovation in the Faculty of Health.  I joined the College of Biological Science as dean in 2021, and as a professor in the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, where I am continuing my research into eye movements.

BA Biology – The Johns Hopkins University

MA Psychology – Princeton University

PhD Psychology & Neuroscience – Princeton University

Post-doctoral Fellow, Systems Neurobiology Laboratory – The Salk Institute for Biological Science

I am a systems neuroscientist performing both fundamental and applied research related to eye movements and how they interact with cognitive and executive functions.  This is accomplished with eye-tracking behavioral studies and computational models.

My lab is supported through research grants from NSERC, CIHR, and industry contracts.

Saini H, Jordan H, and Fallah M.  (2021) Color Modulates Feature Integration.  Frontiers in Psychology

Yoo SA, Tsotsos JK, and Fallah M.  (2019) Feed-forward visual processing suffices for coarse localization but precise localization in conflicting context needs feedback processing.  PLoS ONE

Kehoe, DH, Aybulut, S, Fallah M. (2018) Higher-order, multi-featural object encoding by the oculomotor system.  J. Neurophys.

Yoo SA, Tsotsos JK, Fallah M. (2018) The attentional suppressive surround: eccentricity, location-based and feature-based effects and interactions.  Front Syst Neurosci.  12, 710.

Kehoe, DH, Rahimi, M, and Fallah M. (2018)  Perceptual color space representations in the oculomotor system are modulated by surround suppression and biased selection. Front Syst. Neurosci.

Kehoe, DH and Fallah M. (2017)  Rapid accumulation of inhibitions accounts for saccades curved away from distractors.  J. Neurophys,

Perry, CJ and Fallah M. (2017)  Effector-based attention systems.  The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Blizzard S, Fierro-Rojas A, and Fallah M.  (2017) Response inhibition is facilitated by a change to red over green in the stop signal paradigm.  Front Human Neurosci 10(655).

Perry, CJ, Amarasooriya P, and Fallah M.  (2016) An eye in the palm of your hand: alterations in visual processing near the hand, a mini-review.  Front Computat Neurosci 10(37).

Perry, CJ, Tahiri A, and Fallah M.  (2014) Feature integration within and across the visual streams occurs at different processing stages.  J. Vision 14(2).  10-10.

Perry CJ and Fallah M.  (2014) Feature integration and object representations along the dorsal visual stream hierarchy.  Front Computat Neurosci 8(84).

Perry, C.J., and Fallah, M. (2012)  Color improves speed of processing but not perception in a motion illusion.  Frontiers in Consciousness Research,  Special issue on Attention and Consciousness, 3(92):

Tchernikov, I. and Fallah, M.  (2010) A Color Hierarchy for Automatic Target Selection.  PLoS ONE, 5(2).

Accepting students interested in eye movement research and with a computational background.

Nakhuda, A. MSc Student


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