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Helene Intraub
Not accepting graduate students for 2019-2020
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 & Thursdays 4:00-5:00
University of Delaware
229 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Lab Address: Wolf Hall 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

Intraub, H., & Gagnier, K. M. (in press). Expanding space: Does imagination affect boundary extension for visual scenes? In T. L. Hubbard (Ed.). Spatial Biases in Perception and Cognition. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Beighley, S., Sacco, G. R., Bauer, L., Hayes, A. M., & Intraub, H. (2018, August 23). Remembering: Does the Emotional Content of a Photograph Affect Boundary Extension?. Emotion. Advance online publication.

De Luca, F., McCormick, C., Mullally, S.L., Intraub, H., Maguire, E.A., Ciaramelli, E. (2018). Boundary extension is attenuated in patients with ventromedial prefrontal cortex damage. Cortex, 108, 1-12.

Spanò, G., Intraub, H., & Edgin, J. O. (2017). Testing the "Boundaries" of boundary extension: Anticipatory scene representation across development and disorder. Hippocampus, 27(6), 726-739. doi: 10.1002/hipo.22728

Kreindel, E., & Intraub, H. (2017). Anticipatory scene representation in preschool children's recall and recognition memory. Developmental Science, 20(5), e12444-n/a. doi: 10.1111/desc.12444

Beighley, S., & Intraub, H. (2016). Does inversion affect boundary extension for briefly-presented views? Visual Cognition, 24(3), 252-259. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2016.1229369

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

Maguire, E. A., Intraub, H., & Mullally, S. L. (2016). Scenes, spaces, and memory traces: What does the hippocampus do? The Neuroscientist, 22(5), 432-439.

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. 

Representative Publications

Intraub, H. (2012). Rethinking visual scene perception. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews:   Cognitive Science, 3: 117–127. doi: 10.1002/wcs.149

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. First published online 19 January 2012.  doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2012.01.001

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.

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.

Park, S., Intraub, H., Yi, D-J., Widders, D., & Chun, M. M. (2007).  Beyond the Edges of a View: Boundary Extension in Human Scene-Selective Visual Cortex, Neuron, 54, 335-342. 

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

Intraub, H. (1980).  Presentation rate and the representation of briefly glimpsed pictures in memory.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Learning



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