Perception and Attention

Research on perception and attention is pertinent across the cancer control continuum. For example:

  • If you want to communicate probabilistic information (such as risks or benefits of certain behaviors) through visual images, you need to understand how the visual system processes quantitative information.
  • If you want to understand how the built environment influences people's propensity for physical activity, you need to understand spatial cognition.
  • If you want to improve the accuracy of cancer screening procedures, you need to understand the attentional limitations of the human reader.
  • If you want to understand how various cancer treatments may impair patients’ cognitive functioning, you need to understand not only normal cognitive function, but also how perceptual deficits may reduce the quality of the information patients are taking in from their surroundings.

The BBPSB Perception and Attention initiative aims to promote basic research in perception and attention relevant to cancer control and prevention. Such research can inform our efforts to reduce the burden of cancer.

Funding Opportunities

Title Announcement # Expiration Date Contact
Perception and Cognition Research to Inform Cancer Image Interpretation PAR-19-387 (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
PAR-19-389 (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
January 08, 2023 Todd Horowitz

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View Dr. Todd Horowitz’s presentation “How do we measure attention? Visual cognition meets neuropsychology”, which was recorded for the June 2020 virtual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society.

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Seeing the Science in Medical Imaging NCI Workshop in Vision Research

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Last Updated
November 10, 2022