Marvin Lamb

Professor/Chair

Department of Psychology

E-mail:
marvin.lamb@csueastbay.edu
Phone:
(510) 885-3484
Office:
SC S229
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Professional Focus

The goal of my research is to better understand the mechanisms underlying visual perception and attention and to provide insight into the anatomical substrates of those mechanisms. My research involves the study of both brain-injured and neurologically intact subjects.

By studying people who have sustained injury to the brain I hope not only to better understand the deficits associated with neurological impairment, but also to improve our understanding of how the normal intact visual system functions. We have recently identified a network of separate but interconnected neural mechanisms each involved in a different aspect of object recognition. We have shown that disruption of each mechanism is associated with damage to a different localized cortical region. These findings provide insight into the deficits associated with injury to different parts of the brain and have implications for patient rehabilitation. In addition, our patient data challenge current theories of how the normal visual system functions. As a result, we have studied neurologically intact subjects and shown that the mechanisms proposed on the basis of our work with patients, operate in the intact visual system as well. This has led us to propose a new model that encompasses both impaired and normal functioning.

Education

  • Ph.D. Biological/Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S. Psychology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette

Courses

Spring Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
PSYC 310003Experimental PsychologyTTH8:00AM9:15AMSC-S237Hayward Campus View Books
PSYC 31003AExperimental PsychologyTTH9:15AM11:50AMSC-S237Hayward Campus View Books

Publications

Lamb, M.R., Pond, H.M., & Zahir, G. (2000). Contributions of Automatic and Controlled Processes to the Analysis of Hierarchical Structure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26, 234-245.

Lamb, M.R. & Yund, E.W.  (2000). The Role of Spatial Frequency in Cued Shifts of  Attention between Global and Local Forms.  Perception & Psychophysics, 62, 753-761.

Lamb, M.R., Yund, E.W., & Pond, H.M. (1999). Is attentional selection to different levels of hierarchical structure based on spatial frequency? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 128, 88-94.

Lamb, M.R. (1998). Review of The Two Sides of Perception by Ivry, R.B. & Robertson, L.C., The MIT Press. Trends in Cognitive Science, 2, 200-201.

Lamb, M.R., London, B., Pond, H.M. & Whitt, K.A.  (1998). Automatic and controlled processes in the analysis of hierarchical structure. Psychological Science, 9, 14-19.

Lamb, M.R. & Yund, E. W. (1996). Spatial frequency and interference between global and local levels of structure. Visual Cognition, 3, 193-219.

Lamb, M.R. & Yund, E. W. (1996). Spatial frequency and attention: Effects of level-, target-, and location-repetition on the processing of global and local forms. Perception & Psychophysics, 58, 363-373.

Lamb, M.R. & Yund, E. W. (1993). The role of spatial frequency in the analysis of hierarchically organized structure. Perception & Psychophysics, 54, 773-784.

Robertson, L.C., Egly, R., Lamb, M.R., & Kerth, L. (1993). Spatial attention and cuing to global and local levels of hierarchical structure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 19, 471-487.

Robertson, L.C., Lamb, M.R., & Zaidel, E. (1993). Interhemispheric relations in processing hierarchical patterns: Evidence from normal and commissurotomized subjects. Neuropsychology, 7, 325-342.

Lamb, M.R. (1991). Attention in humans and animals: Is there a capacity limitation at the time of encoding? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 17, 45-54.

Robertson, L.C. & Lamb, M.R. (1991). Neuropsychological perspectives on theories of part/whole organization. Cognitive Psychology, 23, 299-330.

Robertson, L.C., Lamb, M.R., & Knight, R.T. (1991). Normal global-local analysis in patients with dorsolateral frontal lobe lesions. Neuropsychologia, 29, 959-967.

Lamb, M.R. & Robertson, L.C. (1990). The effect of visual angle on global and local reaction times depends on the set of visual angles presented. Perception & Psychophysics, 47, 489-496.

Lamb, M.R., Robertson, L.C., & Knight, R.T. (1990). Component mechanisms underlying the processing of hierarchically organized patterns: Inferences from patients with unilateral cortical lesions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 16, 471-483.

Lamb, M.R. & Robertson, L.C. (1989). Do response time advantage and interference reflect the order of processing of global and local level information? Perception & Psychophysics, 46, 254-258.

Lamb, M.R., Robertson, L.C. & Knight, R.T. (1989). Attention and interference in the processing of global and local information: Effects of unilateral temporal-parietal junction lesions. Neuropsychologia, 27, 471-483.

Robertson, L.C. & Lamb, M.R. (1989). Judging the reflection of misoriented patterns in the right and left visual fields. Neuropsychologia, 27, 1081-1089.

Lamb, M.R. (1988). Selective attention: Effects of cuing on the processing of different types of compound stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 14, 96-104.

Lamb, M.R. & Robertson, L.C. (1988). The processing of hierarchical stimuli: Effects of retinal locus, locational uncertainty, and stimulus identity. Perception & Psychophysics, 44, 172-181.

Robertson, L.C. & Lamb, M.R. (1988). The role of perceptual reference frames in visual field asymmetries. Neuropsychologia, 26, 145-152.

Robertson, L.C., Lamb, M.R. & Knight, R.T. (1988).  Effects of lesions of temporal-parietal junction on perceptual and attentional processing in humans. Journal of Neuroscience, 8, 3757-3769.

Lamb, M.R. & Robertson, L.C. (1987). Effects of acute alcohol on attention and the processing of hierarchical patterns. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 11, 243-248.

Robertson, L.C. & Lamb, M.R. (1987). Learning, motivation, and more. [Review of The psychology of learning and motivation: Advances in research and theory, Vol. 20]. Contemporary Psychology, 32, 954-955.

Schindler, C.W., Lamb, M.R., Gormezano, I., & Harvey, J.A. (1986). Effects of morphine, ethylketocyclazocine and n-allynormetazocine on acquisition of the classically conditioned nictitating membrane response. Behavioral Neuroscience, 100, 647-651.

Brown, M.F., Cook, R.G., Lamb, M.R., & Riley, D.A. (1984). The relation between response and attentional shifts in pigeon compound matching-to-sample performance. Animal Learning & Behavior, 12, 41-49.

Lamb, M.R. & Riley, D.A. (1981). Effects of element arrangement on the processing of compound stimuli in pigeons (Columba livia). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 7, 45-58.

Bond, A.B., Cook, R.G., & Lamb, M.R. (1981). Spatial memory and the performance of rats and pigeons in the radial-arm maze. Animal Learning & Behavior, 9, 575-580.

Riley, D.A., Cook, R.G., & Lamb, M.R. (1981). A classification and analysis of short term memory codes in pigeons. In G.A. Bower (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation: Advances in Research and Theory. Vol. 15, New York: Academic Press.

Riley, D.A. & Lamb, M.R. (1979).  Stimulus Generalization. In A.D. Pick (Ed.), Perception and its Development. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Grant Awards

Principal Investigator, Veterans Administration Merit Review Grant (4/99-9/03), Component Mechanisms of Visual Perception and Attention.

Principal Investigator, Veterans Administration Merit Review Grant (10/95-3/99), Component Mechanisms of Visual Perception and Attention.

Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health Grant (2/95-1/2000), Effects of Brain Damage on Attention.

Principal Investigator, Veterans Administration Merit Review Grant (10/92-9/95), Component Mechanisms of Visual Perception and Attention.

Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health Grant (12/89-11/93), Effects of Brain Damage on Attention.

Principal Investigator, Veterans Administration Merit Review Grant (10/89-9/92), Effects of Brain Damage on Perception.

Co-investigator, Veterans Administration Merit Review Grant (10/86-9/89), Effects of Alcohol on Attention.

Service

Western Psychological Association Program Review Committee (1997- present)

American Psychological Association Division 3 Program Chair (2006)

American Psychological Association Division 3 Program Committee (2005)

American Psychological Society Poster Proposals (1999)

National Science Foundation, Human Cognition & Perception Division (1998)

Other Accomplishments

Fellow, American Psychological Association (Division 3 & Division 6)

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