67th SEPA Annual Meeting

Program Highlights

Isabel Gauthier
Dr. Gauthier received her doctoral degree from Yale in 1998, followed by concurrent post-doctoral fellowships at Yale and MIT, before taking a faculty position at Vanderbilt in 1999. She was named David K. Wilson Chair of Psychology in 2012, and is also Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. 

Dr. Gauthier has received the Young Investigator Award, Cognitive Neuroscience Society in 2002, the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience in 2003 and the Troland research award from the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 “For seminal experiments on the role of visual expertise in the recognition of complex objects including faces and for exploration of brain areas activated by this recognition.” She was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2010 and Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists in 2012. In 2000, she founded the Perceptual Expertise Network (PEN), which comprised over ten laboratories across North America and was active until 2017. 

Dr. Gauthier has researched many aspects of object and face recognition, with a focus on the role of perceptual expertise in category-specific effects in domains such as faces, letters or musical notation, with implications for disorders likes autism and congenital face blindness. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Gauthier was an Associate Editor at JEP:HPP from 2005 to 2011, Editor of JEP:General from 2011 to 2017 and Editor of JEP:HPP since 2017.
Christopher Ferguson
Christopher Ferguson is a professor of psychology at Stetson University in Deland, FL. He has been doing research on the topic of violent video games for almost twenty years. He has testified on the topic before Vice President Biden's meetings on gun violence following the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, before the Centers for Disease Control and Institute of Medicine and the US Department of Education School Safety Commission. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and current president of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. He has published a book on video game research for general audiences: Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong as well as How Madness Shaped History and a mystery novel Suicide Kings. He lives in Orlando with his wife and son.