My main research interests are shape perception and visually guided actions since I believe that perception and action ultimately can not be separated. It has been shown that we cannot perceive 3D structure accurately because perceived shape is ambiguous in respect to depth. I have asked how we are able to recognize objects without any difficulty and perform effective and accurate visually-guided actions that involve perceived shape like reaching-to-grasp in a daily life despite the fact that shape perception is not accurate. Thus, I have investigated what visual information we use to perceive 3D structure accurately and how we perform accurate and effective visually-guided actions even with poor shape perception. For instance, I would like to apply my research to disabled or older people who suffer from visual deficit or problem of physical movement (e.g., coordination).
My main teaching interest is to help students to develop their own interests through exposure to a variety of experiments in different fields. I also emphasize the relevance and usefulness of the course material for understanding real world situations because I believe Psychology is a science closely relevant to our lives. I believe that most important goal of teaching is to drive students’ interests so they can establish their own career, although to convey the knowledge to students is essential.
shape perception & visually-guided action