Stephen Mitroff

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Stephen Mitroff

Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience



Office Phone: (202) 994-6912
2013 H Street Room 620 Washington DC 20006

Dr. Mitroff studied Cognitive Science as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, where he worked with Alison Gopnik. He then received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard, working with Dan Simons. After a 3-year postdoctoral position at Yale, researching both adult visual cognition (with Brian Scholl) and infant cognition (with Karen Wynn), Dr. Mitroff joined the faculty at Duke University in 2005. In 2015, Dr. Mitroff and his lab moved to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at GW.

The GW Visual Cognition Lab explores the nature of visual cognition—examining mechanisms of visual memory, perception, and attention. The lab has a current primary focus on individual differences to reveal how it is that some people can outperform others, how can we quickly identify the best performers, and how can we then train those individuals to make them even better. Using a variety of techniques (e.g., big data from smartphone apps, sports vision training tools) and a variety of participants groups (e.g., athletes, patients, radiologists, TSA officers), Dr. Mitroff and his lab explore a number of issues related to vision and attention. 

Ph.D. 2002, Harvard University