Nathan H. Heller

I am a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in the Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics (SciCAM) Masters Program, and I recently completed a B.Sc. in Cognitive Science at UCSC, with a minor in Applied Mathematics.

Starting in Fall 2018, I will be joining the Cogntive Neuroscience PhD program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Darmouth College. I will be working in Professor Peter Tse’s lab, studying volitional attention and visual perception.

Research Interests

SciCAM: I am currently using Dynamic Field Theory to model the Attentional Network Task, a task that is designed to elicit systematic variation in reaction times to cued and un-cued visual stimuli. These differences in reaction times can be used to dissociate the activity of the three primary attentional networks: the orienting, alerting, and executive networks.

CogSci: I am working on several psychophysical studies, focused on motion perception, in Professor Nicolas Davidenko’s High Level Perception Lab.


Davidenko, N., & Heller, N. H. (2018). Primed and unprimed rebounding illusory apparent motion. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 1-9. [Link_APP]

Heller, N. H., & Davidenko, N. (2018). Dissociating higher and lower order visual motion systems by priming illusory apparent motion. Perception, 0301006617731007. [Link_Perception]

Davidenko, N., Heller, N. H., Cheong, Y., & Smith, J. (2017). Persistent illusory apparent motion in sequences of uncorrelated random dots. Journal of Vision, 17(3), 19-19. [Link_JOV]

Davidenko, N., Vu, C. Q., Heller, N. H., & Collins, J. M. (2016). Attending to Race (or Gender) Does Not Increase Race (or Gender) Aftereffects. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 909. [Link_Frontiers]

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