Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Psychology
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Office: Baker Hall 455D | 5000 Forbes Avenue | Pittsburgh, PA 15213
E-mail: jshafto [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu
I study visual perception from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. I'm interested in the midlevel perceptual features that allow us to recognize and individuate objects. I am currently investigating how curved and rectilinear contours contribute to category-selective neural responses. In the past, I've explored higher level functions, including visual attention and awareness.
My research uses both fMRI and EEG to develop our understanding of both the spatial and the temporal aspects of object perception.
Links: Google Scholar
2013-Present Ph.D. Psychology Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
• Expected Graduation: 2018
• Advisor: Michael Tarr, Ph.D.
2013 BA Psychology Reed College, Portland, OR
• Thesis Topic: Neural signatures of conscious face perception: The N170 is absent during inattentional blindness. [PDF]
• Advisor: Michael Pitts, Ph.D.
Shafto, J. & Pitts, M. (2015). Neural signatures of conscious face perception in an inattentional blindness paradigm. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(31), 10940-10948. [PDF]
Shafto, J., Pyles, J. A., Jew, C. A., & Tarr, M. J. (2015, May). Greebles actually do look like faces (just not in the way you thought). Poster presented at the annual meeting of Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL. [Poster PDF]
Pitts, M., Shafto, J., & Schelonka, K. (2014, August) Inattentional blindness for shapes, faces, and words: ERP correlates of attention & awareness. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Association for Interdisciplinary Learning, Hood River, OR. [Talk Slides]
Shafto, J. & Pitts, M. (2013, November) Visual processing of faces during inattentional blindness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. [Poster PDF]
Shafto, J. & Pitts, M. (2013, July) Neural signatures of conscious face perception: The N170 is absent during inattentional blindness. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, San Diego, CA. [Talk Slides]
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Psychology | Carnegie Mellon University
• 85320 Research Methods in Developmental Psychology | Fall 2015
• 85251 Personality | Spring 2015
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Psychology | Reed College
• 383 Sensation and Perception | Spring 2013
Department of Mathematics | Reed College
• 121 Introduction to Computation | 2011-2013