Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Laura Cacciamani

Laura Cacciamani               

Assistant Professor                                   


Contact Information

  • Office: 47-23M
  • Phone: (805) 756-2703                                   
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  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
  • Ph.D., M.A., Psychology (Cognition & Neural Systems emphasis), The University of Arizona
  • B.S., Psychology and Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Courses Taught

  • PSY 430 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 329 Research Methods


Research Interests


In my research, I’m interested in investigating how the various senses (vision, touch, hearing, etc.) work together and separately to produce an understanding of the world around us. Important to this understanding is the ability to both perceive and remember the objects in our environment, as well as their spatial relationships. Vision is typically the sense on which we rely the most for these cognitive functions, as it provides us with the fastest and richest processing of an object or scene. But what about the other senses? What about in those who are blind or visually impaired who can’t rely on vision to perceive the world? Using both behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (including fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging), I aim to shed light on these broad questions. In doing so, I hope to provide insight into object perception and memory in both sighted individuals as well as those with sensory deficits such as blindness or deafness.


Selected Publications/Professional Activities

  • Cacciamani, L., & Likova, L. T. (2016). Tactile object familiarity in the blind brain reveals the supramodal perceptual-mnemonic nature of the perirhinal cortex. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(92), 1-11.
  • Likova, L. T., Tyler, C. W., Cacciamani, L., Mineff, K., & Nicholas, S. (2016). The cortical network for braille writing in the blind. Electronic Imaging, 16, 1-6.
  • Cacciamani, L., Scalf, P. E., & Peterson, M. A. (2015). Neural evidence for competition-mediated suppression in the perception of a single object. Cortex, 72, 124-139.
  • Cacciamani, L., Mojica, A. J., Sanguinetti, J. L., & Peterson, M. A. (2014). Semantic access occurs outside of awareness for the groundside of a figure. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(8), 2531-2547.
  • Cacciamani, L., Ayars, A. A., & Peterson, M.A. (2014).  Spatially rearranged object parts can facilitate perception of intact whole objects. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science, 5(82), 1-11.
  • Peterson, M. A., & Cacciamani, L. (2013). Toward a dynamical view of object perception. In Z. Pizlo & S. Dickinson (Eds.), Shape Perception in Human and Computer Vision: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (pp. 443-457). London: Springer.
  • Peterson, M. A., Cacciamani, L., Barense, M. D., & Scalf, P. E. (2012). The perirhinal cortex modulates V2 activity in response to the agreement between part familiarity and configuration familiarity. Hippocampus, 22, 1965-1977.
  • Salvagio, E., Cacciamani, L., & Peterson, M. A. (2012). Competition-strength-dependent ground suppression in figure-ground perception. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 74, 964-978.

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