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
Research Project Grant PA-20-185 (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
PA-20-184 (Parent R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)
PA-20-183 (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Required)
May 08, 2024 Research Program Contacts
Cancer Prevention and Control Clinical Trials Grant Program PAR-21-035 (R01 Clinical Trial Required) January 08, 2024 Susan Czajkowski
Modular R01s in Cancer Control and Population Sciences PAR-21-190 (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) March 08, 2024 Scott Rogers
Exploratory Grants in Cancer Control PAR-21-341 (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) October 09, 2024 Mukesh Verma

Tanya Agurs-Collins
Notice of NIH Participation in the National Science Foundation Solicitation NSF 23-614: Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science

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NOT-OD-23-165 November 09, 2023 Dana Wolff-Hughes

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Related Events

2020 Virtual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society Presentation exit disclaimer

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.

Cognition and Medical Image Perception Think Tank

The 2019 Think Tank workshop brought radiologists and pathologists together with researchers working in medical image perception and adjacent fields of cognition and perception, to identify opportunities to advance the study of medical image interpretation through constructive discourse, idea generation, and problem-solving.

Seeing the Science in Medical Imaging NCI Workshop in Vision Research

In 2014, NCI convened experts in medical imaging and vision science to discuss the current challenges in the perception of medical images by human observers, and to help advance the research agenda in cancer prevention and control. Visit the event page for recordings and transcripts of the event.


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Cancer Imaging Program

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Last Updated
September 07, 2023