Edward A. Vessel, PhD

Main Research Areas

    • The neural basis of aesthetic experience
    • Visual preferences
    • The neurobiology of information foraging
    • Brain imaging methods

       

    Vita

    Education

    1997 – 2004         PhD (Neuroscience), The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

    1993 – 1997         Bachelor of Arts (Cognitive Science), The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

    Career

    2016 -                    Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

    2014 - 2015          Full Research Scientist, Center for Brain Imaging, New York University, New York, NY

    2010 - 2015          Co-Director, NYU ArtLab

    2009 - 2014          Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Brain Imaging, NYU

    2011                      Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Psychology, NYU

    2008 - 2009          Research Consultant for Nava Rubin, Center for Neural Science, NYU, and Denis Pelli, Dept. of Psychology, NYU

    2007 – 2008         Adjunct Lecturer, Depts. of Psychology and English, NYU

    2004 - 2007          Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Neural Science, NYU, Advisor: Nava Rubin

     

     

     

    Publications

    Publications

    Belfi, A.M., Vessel, E.A., Starr, G.G. (2017). Individual ratings of vividness predict aesthetic appeal in poetry. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/aca0000153

    Vessel, E. A., Biederman, I., Subramaniam, S., & Greene, M. R. (2016). Effective signaling of surface boundaries by L-vertices reflect the consistency of their contrast in natural images. Journal of Vision, 16(9), 15-15. doi: 10.1167/16.9.15. http://journalofvision.org/16/9/15

    Vessel, E. A. (2015) Effects of reduced sensory stimulation and assessment of countermeasures for sensory stimulation augmentation. Draft Report. Houston (TX): National Aeronautics and Space Administration (US). 173 p. Contract No.: NNJ13HF11P.

    Vessel, E. A., Stahl, J., Maurer, N., Denker, A., Starr. G.G. (2014) Personalized visual aesthetics. Proc. SPIE 9014, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIX, 90140S, 1-8. doi: 10.1117/12.2043126.

    Vessel, E. A., Starr, G.G., Rubin, N. (2013) Art reaches within: aesthetic experience, the self and the default-mode network. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7:258, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2013.00258. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2013.00258

    Vessel, E. A., Starr, G.G., Rubin, N. (2012) The brain on art: Intense aesthetic experience activates the default mode network. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:66, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00066. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00066

    Vessel, E. A., & Rubin, N. (2010). Beauty and the beholder: Highly individual taste for abstract, but not real-world images.  Journal of Vision, 10(2): 18, 1-14, journalofvision.org/10/2/18, doi:10.1167/10.2.18.

    Yue, X., Vessel, E. A., & Biederman, I. (2007) The neural basis of scene preferences.  NeuroReport, 16(6), 525-529.                        

    Biederman, I. & Vessel, E. A. (2006) Perceptual pleasure and the brain. American Scientist, 94, 249-255.

    Awards & Grants

    Awards & Grants

    2014 – 2016        Beauty and Beyond Research Institute, Global Institute for Advanced Studies, NYU

    2013 – 2014        Sensory stimulation augmentation tools for long duration exploration spaceflight, NASA

    2013                     Panelist, World Science Festival

    2003 - 2006         Postdoctoral NRSA award (NEI)

    2001 - 2003         Predoctoral NRSA Traineeship: USC Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Training Grant

    2001                     Fellow at the Dartmouth Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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