“Now you see it, now you don’t: the role of eye movements in perception and illusion”
SUSANA MARTINEZ-CONDE, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology & Pharmacology
State University of New York (SUNY)
Downstate Medical Center
Susana Martinez-Conde is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Physiology & Pharmacology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, where her research program bridges perceptual, oculomotor, and cognitive neuroscience. She directed laboratories previously at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and at University College London in the UK. She received her postdoctoral training from Nobel Laureate Prof. David Hubel at Harvard Medical School, where she was later an Instructor in Neurobiology.
Prof. Martinez-Conde’s work has received a number of distinctions, including the 100 Spaniards Prize, the EyeTrack Award, and the Empire Innovator Award, among others. She complements her award-winning research with science communication, education and public outreach. She writes for Scientific American and has a regular column in Scientific American MIND on the neuroscience of illusion. Prof. Martinez-Conde is the 2014 recipient of the Science Educator Award, given by the Society for Neuroscience to an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions to educating the public.
Prof. Martinez-Conde's research has been featured in print in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The LA Chronicle, The Times (London), The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Der Spiegel, etc., and in radio and TV shows, including Discovery Channel's Head Games and Daily Planet shows, NOVA: ScienceNow, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's Science Friday, and PRI's The World. She works with international science museums, foundations and nonprofit organizations to promote neuroscience education and communication. Her international bestselling book ‘Sleights of Mind’ was published in 21 languages, listed as one of the 36 Best Books of 2011 by The Evening Standard, London, and received the Prisma Prize to the best science book of the year. Her most recent book, ‘Champions of Illusion,’ was longlisted for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.