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  • Date and time: Sunday 2 June 2024, 12pm to 12.20pm
  • Location: In-person only
    York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

How are radiologists able to detect disease without seeing the presence of a lesion and up to three years before the onset of cancer? Psychologist Karla Evans discusses how research on vision is uncovering the power of the first glimpse to help save lives.

Humans rapidly access statistical regularities in an image to perceive meaning, allowing them to efficiently orient themselves in a complex environment. Radiologists have tuned their vision to regularities of normal tissue in radiographs and very quickly note anything which deviates from this.

Join Karla and learn more about the power of first impressions.

Find out more about the Complex Cognitive Processing Lab.

Image of mammograms. Source: Complex Cognitive Processing Lab.

About the speaker

Dr Karla K Evans is a Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor with the University of York’s Department of Psychology. She holds an MA and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Princeton University, USA. A Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007-2008) and the Harvard Medical School (2008-2013), she was also a Postdoctoral Scholar at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2008-2013). Her work centres on understanding how capacity limited sensory systems integrate different sources of information to produce a coherent percept of the world. Find out more about Dr Karla Evans’ research and the Complex Cognitive Processing Lab.  


University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible