Louis and Frances Salvage Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience


Ph.D., Brown University

Field of Specialty

Visual perception. Cognitive processes, especially EEG assays of cognition. Visual and auditory memory, audiovisual interaction and competition, research-oriented video games, and age-related changes in cognitive function.

Contact Information

Volen National Center for Complex Systems 244

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Robert Sekuler

Visual perception. Cognitive processes, especially EEG assays of cognition. Visual and auditory memory, audiovisual interaction and competition, research-oriented video games, and age-related changes in cognitive function.


Maharjan S, Gold JM and Sekuler R. "Memory and learning for visual signals in time and space." Attention, Perception & Psychophysics doi: 10.3758/s13414-017-1277-x. (2017). (forthcoming)

Sun Y, Hickey TJ, Shinn-Cunningham BG and Sekuler R. "Catching audiovisual interactions: A first-person fisherman game.." Perception doi: 10.1177/0301006616682755. (2017). (forthcoming)

AM Aizenman, JM Gold & R Sekuler. "Multisensory integration in short-term memory: Musicians do rock." Neuroscience in press. (2017).

AS Keller, L Payne & R Sekuler. "Multi-sensory divided attention: Role of theta oscillations." Neuropsychologia in press. (2017).

L Varghese, SR Mathias, S Bensussen, K Chou, HR Goldberg, Y Sun, R Sekuler & BG Shinn-Cunningham. "Bi-directional audiovisual influences on temporal modulation discrimination." The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America in press. (2017).

R Sekuler, J Huang, AB Sekuler & PJ Bennett. "Online modulation of selective attention is not impaired in healthy aging." Experimental Aging Research in press. (2017).

Dube C and Sekuler R. "Obligatory and adaptive averaging in visual short-term memory." Journal of Vision 15. (2015): 3-.

Goldberg H, Hickey TJ, Shinn-Cunningham BG and Sekuler, Robert. "Policing fish at Boston's Museum of Science: Studying audiovisual interactions in the wild." i-Perception 6. doi:10.1177/2041669515599332 (2015).

Keller AS and Sekuler R. "Memory and learning with rapid audiovisual sequences." Journal of Vision 15. (2015): 7-.

Abigail Noyce, Robert Sekuler. "Oddball distractors demand attention: Neural and behavioral effects of predictability in the flanker task.." Neuropsychologia 65. (2014): 18-24.

Abigail Noyce, Robert Sekuler. "Violations of newly-learned predictions elicit two distinct P3 components." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8. (2014): 374.

Chad Dubé, Feng Zhou, Michael J Kahana & Robert Sekuler. "Similarity-based distortion of visual short-term memory is perceptual.." Vision Research 96. (2014): 8-16.

Jason M Gold, Avi Aizenman, Stephanie Bond & Robert Sekuler. "Memory and incidental learning for visual frozen noise sequences." Vision Research 99. (2014): 19-36.

Jeremy R Manning, TF Lew, N Li, Robert Sekuler & Michael J Kahana. "MAGELLAN: A cognitive map-based model of human wayfinding." Journal of experimental Psychology: General 143. (2014): 1314-1330.

Lisa Payne & Robert Sekuler. "The importance of ignoring: Alpha oscillations protect selectivity." Current Directions in Psychological Science 23. (2014): 171-177.

Eugenie Roudaia, Allison B Sekuler, Patrick JBennett & Robert Sekuler. "Aging and audio-visual and multi-cue integration in motion.." Frontiers in Psychology 4. (2013): 267--.

N Matthews, BJ Gold, R Sekuler & S Park. "Gesture imitation in schizophrenia.." Schizophrenia Bulletin 39. 1 (2013): 94-101.

Payne, L, Guillory, S and Sekuler, Robert. "Attention-modulated alpha-band oscillations protect against intrusion of irrelevant information." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2013).

Theodore P Zanto, Robert Sekuler, Chad Dube & Gazzaley Adam. "Age-related changes in expectation-based modulation of motion detectability.." PLoS: ONE 8. 8 (2013): e69766..

van Vugt, MK, Sekuler R, Wilson HR and Kahana, ML. "An Electrophysiological Signature of Summed Similarity in Visual Working Memory.." Journal of experimental Psychology: General (2013).

H Sternshein, Y Agam & R Sekuler. "EEG correlates of attentional tracking." PLoS One 6. (2011): e22660.

J Maryott, A Noyce & R Sekuler. "Eye movements and imitation learning: Intentional disruption of expectation." Journal of Vision 11. 7 (2011): 11-19.

SNJ Watamaniuk, R Sekuler & S McKee. "Perceived global flow direction reveals local vector weighting by luminance." Vision Research 51. (2011): 1129-1136.

J Huang and R Sekuler. "Attention protects the fidelity of visual memory: behavioral and electrophysiological evidence." Journal of Neuroscience 30. 40 (2010): 13461-13471.

J Huang and R Sekuler. "Distortions in recall from visual memory: two classes of attractors at work.." Journal of Vision 10. 2 (2010): 24.1-27.

NR Cohen and R Sekuler. "Chunking and compound cueing of movement sequences: learning, retention, and transfer." Perceptual and Motor Skills 110. 3 (2010): 736-750.

NR Cohen, M Pomplun, BJ Gold and R Sekuler. "Sex differences in the acquisition of complex skilled movements." Experimental Brain Research 205. 2 (2010): 183-193.

S Viswanathan, DR Perl, KM Visscher, MJ Kahana & R Sekuler. "Homogeneity computation: How inter-item similarity in visual short term memory alters recognition." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 17. 1 (2010): 59-65.

Y Agam, J Huang & R Sekuler. "Neural correlates of sequence encoding in visuomotor learning.." Journal of Neurophysiology 103. (2010): 1418-1424.

J Danker, G Hwang, L Gauthier, A Geller, MJ Kahana & R Sekuler. "Characterizing the ERP Old-New effect in a short-term memory task." Psychophysiology 45. 784-793 (2009).

J Huang, MJ Kahana & R Sekuler. "A task-irrelevant stimulus attribute affects perception and short-term memory.." Memory & Cognition 37. 8 (2009): 1088-1112.

J Maryott & R Sekuler. "Age-related changes in imitating sequences of observed movements." Psychology and Aging 24. (2009): 476-486.

KM Visscher, MJ Kahana & R Sekuler. "Trial-to-trial carry-over in auditory short-term memory." Journal of experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition 35. (2009): 46-56.

M Galster, MJ Kahana, HR Wilson & R Sekuler. "Identity modulates short-term memory for facial emotion." Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience 9. 4 (2009): 412-426.

MK van Vugt, A Schulze-Bonhage, R Sekuler, B Litt, A Brandt, G Baltuch and MJ Kahana. "Intracranial electroencephalography reveals two distinct similarity effects during item recognition." Brain Research 1299. (2009): 33-44.

PC Pantelis, MK van Vugt, HR Wilson, R Sekuler & MJ Kahana. "Why are some people's names easier to learn than others? The effects of similarity on memory for face-name associations." Memory and Cognition 36. (2009): 1182-1195.

R Sekuler, C McLaughlin & Y Yotsumoto. "Age-related changes in attentional tracking of multiple moving objects." Perception 37. (2009): 867--876..

Y Agam, J-S Hyun, JF Danker, F Zhou, MJ Kahana & R Sekuler. "Early neural signatures of visual short-term memory." Neuroimage 44. (2009): 531-536.

BJ Gold, M Pomplun, NJ Rice & R Sekuler. "A new way to quantify the fidelity of imitation: preliminary results with gesture sequences." Experimental Brain Research 45. (2008): 784-793.

Y Agam & R Sekuler. "Geometric structure and chunking in reproduction of motion sequences." Journal of Vision 8. 1 (2008): 1-12.

EL Newman, JB Caplan, MP Kirschen, Korolev, IO, R Sekuler, MJ Kahana. "Learning Your Way Around Town: How Virtual Taxicab Drivers Learn to Use Both Layout and Landmark Information.." Cognition 104. 2 (2007): 231-253.

F Zhou, V Wong & R Sekuler. "Multi-sensory integration of spatio-temporal segmentation cues: one plus one does not always equal two." Experimental Brain Research 180. 4 (2007): 641-654.

KM Visscher, E Kaplan, MJ Kahana & R Sekuler. "Auditory short-term memory behaves like visual short-term memory." Public Library of Science --Biology 5. 3 (2007): e56.

MJ Kahana, F Zhou, A Geller & R Sekuler. "Lure-similarity affects visual episodic recognition: Detailed tests of a noisy exemplar model." Memory & Cognition 35. 6 (2007): 1222-1232.

PJ Bennett, R Sekuler & AB Sekuler. "With age, decreased directional tuning alters detection and identification of motion." Vision Research 47. 6 (2007): 799-809.

Y Agam & R Sekuler. "Interactions between working memory and visual perception: an ERP/EEG study." Neuroimage 36. 3 (2007): 933-942.

Y Agam, BJ Gold, H Galperin & R Sekuler. "Learning to imitate novel motion sequences." Journal of Vision 7. 5 (2007).

Y Yotsumoto, MJ Kahana, HR Wilson & R Sekuler. "Recognition memory for realistic synthetic faces." Memory & Cognition 35. 6 (2007): 1233-1244.

A Kuhlman, D Little & R Sekuler. "An interactive test of serial behavior: Age and practice alter executive function." Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 28. (2006): 126-144.

R Sekuler, A Kuhlman & D Little. "An Interactive Test of Serial Behavior: Age and Practice Alter Executive Function." Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 28. 1 (2006): 126-144.

R Sekuler, C McLaughlin, MJ Kahana, A Wingfield & Y Yotsumoto. "Visual recognition and temporal order information are both well-preserved in aging." Psychology & Aging 21. (2006): 632-637.

Y Yotsumoto & R Sekuler. "Out of mind, but not out of sight: Intentional control of visual memory." Memory & Cognition 34. (2006): 776-786.

G Hwang G, J Jacobs, A Geller, J Danker, R Sekuler & Kahana MJ.. "EEG correlates of verbal and nonverbal working memory." Behavior and Brain Function (2005): 1-20.

R Sekuler & R Blake. Perception. 5th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2005.

R Sekuler, D Bullock & Y Agam. "Imitating Unfamiliar Sequences of Connected Linear Motions." Journal of Neurophysiology 94. 4 (2005): 2832-2843.

R Sekuler, J Gold, RF Murray, AB Sekuler. & PJ Bennett, Sekuler, R. Gold, J. Murray, R.F. Sekuler, A.B. & Bennett, P.J.. "The decay of short-term visual memory is deterministic.." Psychological Science 16. (2005): 769-774.

Sekuler, R. Kahana, M.J. McLaughlin, C. Golomb, J. & Wingfield, A.. "Preservation of Episodic Visual Memory in Aging.." Experimental Aging Research 31. (2005): 1-13.

R Sekuler & G Robles-de-la-Torre. "Numerically Estimating Internal Models of Dynamic Virtual Objects." ACM Transactions in Applied Perception 1. (2004): 102-117.

R Sekuler, F Zhou, & MJ Kahana,. "Short-Term Episodic Memory for Visual Textures: A Roving Probe Gathers Some Memory." Psychological Science 15. 2 (2004): 112-118.

R Sekuler, A Siddiqui, N Goyal & R Rajan. "Reproduction of Seen Actions: Stimulus-Selective Learning." Perception (2003): 839-854.

R Sekuler & R Blake. Star Trek on the Brain: Alien Minds, Human Minds. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman, 1998.

Courses Taught

NPSY 12a Perception: Human, Animal, and Machine
NPSY 22b Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
NPSY 174b Visual Cognition
PSYC 302a Proseminar in Brain, Body, and Behavior II