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Helene Intraub
Accepting graduate students for 2018-2019
Office Hours:
Tues.: 2:00-3:00 & Thurs.: 3:00-4:00
University of Delaware
229 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Lab Address: Wolf Hall 436, 413-415
Lab Phone: 302-831-8181

Background and Interests

The world is continuous, but sensory input is not. We perceive a coherent representation of the world, despite the piecemeal nature of successive eye fixations and the distinctly different types of information perceived through our sensory modalities (e.g., vision vs. touch). What role does knowledge and expectation play in organizing and remembering these experiences? Professor Intraub and her students conduct research on visual scene perception, imagination and memory, as well as haptic and bimodal representation. They study constructive memory errors, and what these reveal about the organizing structures that underlie perception of objects and scenes. Although the Intraub Lab primarily focuses on adult cognition, she and her students also take a developmental perspective on these topics in research at the University's Early Learning Center.

Helene Intraub is a Fellow at APS and the Psychonomic Society. Her research has been supported by grants from NSF and NIH. Elected to the Governing Board of the Psychonomic Society (2009-2014), she became Chair in 2013. Intraub has been a Program Director at NSF, and a representative at FABBS and the Counsel of Science Society Presidents. She serves on the Advisory Board of Women in Cognitive Science, and is a member of the Committee of Science and the Arts, at The Franklin Institute. An advocate of science outreach, Intraub was honored to have her research on boundary extension featured in the Exploratorium Science Museum's exhibit, "Human Memory", and the subsequent 5-year International Science Museum Tour. ​


Ph.D., Brandeis University

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC340: Cognition

PSYC642: Neuropsychology of Mental Representation and Memory

Recent Publications

Beighley, S. & Intraub, H. (in press). Does inversion affect boundary extension for briefly-presented views? Visual Cognition. 

Kreindel, E., & Intraub, H. (2016). Anticipatory scene representation in preschool children's recall and recognition memory. Developmental Science, doi: 

Liu, Z., Yang, X. & Intraub, H. (2016).  Boundary extension: Insights from signal detection theory. Journal of Vision, 16: 7. doi:10.1167/16.8.7​

Intraub, H., Morelli, F., & Gagnier, K. M. (2015). Visual, Haptic and Bimodal Scene Perception: Evidence for a Unitary Representation. Cognition, 138, 132-137.

Intraub, H. (2014). Visual scene representation: A spatial-cognitive perspective. In K. Kveraga & M. Bar (Eds.), Scene vision: Making sense of what we see (pp. 5-26). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Czigler I., Intraub H., & Stefanics G. (2013) Prediction beyond the borders: ERP indices of boundary extension-related error. PLoS ONE, 8(9): e74245. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074245

Gagnier, K.M., Dickinson, C. A., & Intraub, H. (2013). Fixating picture boundaries does not eliminate boundary extension: Implications for scene representation. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66:11, 2161-2186.

Gagnier, K.M., & Intraub, H. (2012). When less is more: Line-drawings lead to greater boundary extension than do colour photographs, 20, 815-824. Visual Cognition.

Mullally, S.L., Intraub, H. & Maguire, E.A. (2012). Attenuated boundary extension produces a paradoxical memory advantage in amnesic patients, Current Biology, 22, 261-268.

Intraub, H. (2012). Rethinking visual scene perception. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 3: 117–127.

Gagnier, K.M., Intraub, H., Oliva, A., & Wolfe, J.M. (2011). Why does Vantage Point Affect Boundary Extension? Visual Cognition,19, 234 – 257.

Intraub (2010). Rethinking Scene Perception: A Multisource Model. In B. Ross (Ed), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, vol. 52 (pp. 231-264), Burlington: Academic Press.

Dickinson, C. A., & Intraub, H. (2009). Spatial Asymmetries in Viewing and Remembering Scenes: Consequences of an Attentional Bias? Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 71, 1251-1262.

Representative Publications

Intraub, H. & Dickinson, C. A. (2008). False memory 1/20th of a second later: What the early onset of boundary extension reveals about perception. Psychological Science, 19, 1007-1014.

Intraub, H. (2004). Anticipatory spatial representation in a deaf and blind observer, Cognition. 94, 19-37.

Intraub, H., Gottesman, C.V., & Bills, A.J. (1998). Effects of perceiving and imagining scenes on memory for pictures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 24, 186-201.

Intraub, H. (1997). The representation of Visual Scenes. Trends in the Cognitive Sciences, 1, 217-221.

Intraub, H., and Richardson, M. (1989). Wide-angle memories of close-up scenes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 15, 179-187.

Intraub, H. (1985). Visual dissociation: An illusory conjunction of pictures and forms. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 11, 431-442.

Intraub, H. (1981). Rapid conceptual identification of sequentially presented pictures. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 7, 604-610. (Special edition, "Reading and Related Processes").



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Spatial Representation: Vision & HapticsIntraub, Heleneintraub<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/renee_vis_touch.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Children’s Spatial Cognition Intraub, Heleneintraub<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Kids%20drawings.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

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