SURF: Announcements of Opportunity
Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor. Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions!
Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor. Click here for more tips on finding a mentor. Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.
*Students applying for JPL projects should complete a SURF@JPL application instead of a "regular" SURF application.
*Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
|Project:||Venturing into the unseen|
|Mentor:||Shinsuke Shimojo, Baltimore Professor of Experimental Psychology, (BBE), email@example.com|
|Mentor URL:||https://neuro.caltech.edu/ (opens in new window)|
|AO Contact:||Ailene Chan, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Background:||Our daily perceptual experience is multisensory, meaning that our brains decode and integrate multimodal signals to make sense of the world. What happens when one sense (i.e., vision) is partially lost? Intriguingly, neuroscientists have discovered the perceptual filling-in phenomenon, which the visual system fills in information on scotomas (regions on the visual field where no information is available, either due to vision loss, blind spots, or artificial induction). Studies to date have explored this phenomenon along one sensory domain – vision. However, we are interested in whether other modalities such as audition and/or touch could enhance or alter the filling in process. Cross-modal filling in is of particular interest to neuroscientists because it questions the nature of vision. Is vision visual because the information originates from light stimulation on the retina, or it is still “vision” even if the visual information is encoded by alternate modalities? This investigation will help elucidate how different senses work together and enhance our current understanding of visual processing.|
|Description:||The student will help design, prepare and perform psychophysical experiments on human subjects.|
|Student Requirements:||An enthusiastic student with background in neuroscience, psychology, biology, or computer science. Computer programming skills in MATLAB/python. Experience with Arduino coding and 3D printing preferred but not required.|
This AO can be done under the following programs:
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