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Elizabeth Johnson

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology


My research focuses on the mechanisms underlying vision, with an emphasis on the signals mediating color perception. This research is focused especially on the links between color and form vision, how these signals are transformed from the retina to early visual cortex, and the representation and functional architecture of these chromatic signals.

I am also exploring how facial skin coloration in humans is modulated with hormone changes, and how these color vision cues are used behaviorally.

In addition, through a Bass Connections: Brain & Society team, I am part of a collaborative project exploring the intersection of visual art and visual neuroscience. For this project, we use eye tracking to explore how human observers look at artistic depictions of faces and face-like configurations to understand more about how global and local features contribute to how we see others, how these processes unfold over time and with experience, how they are impacted in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and how this might inform clinical diagnosis and assessment of response to therapy and treatment. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology · 2016 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

New York University · 2002 Ph.D.