Associate Professor, Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Matthew Schlesinger received his graduate degree in cognitive development from the University of California at Berkeley in 1995. After spending a year as a visiting lecturer in psychology at Berkeley, Dr. Schlesinger recieved a Fulbright fellowship to study artificial life models of sensorimotor cognition with Domenico Parisi at the Italian National Research Council in Rome. Dr. Schlesinger continued his postdoctoral work in 1998-2000 with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts, studying machine-learning approaches to adaptive motor control. He is currently involved in three areas of research: (1) visual attention and spatial working memory in infants, children, and adults, (2) neural network models of early visual processing and oculomotor control, and (3) neural substrates of working memory and spatial-directed attention
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
attention, memory, and visually-guided action; computer models of vision and action; developmental cognitive neuroscience
PSYC 301: Child Psychology
PSYC 312: Sensation and Perception
PSYC 451: Advanced Child Psychology
PSYC 489: Intelligence in Minds and Machines
Representative Publications (view all):
Cangelosi, A., & Schlesinger, M. (2015). Developmental robotics: From babies to robots. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Schlesinger, M., Johnson, S.P., & Amso, D. (2014). Prediction-learning in infants as a mechanism for gaze control during object exploration. Frontiers in Perception Science, 5, 1-12.
Schlesinger, M., Porter, J., & Russell, R. (2013). An external focus of attention enhances manual tracking performance. Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology, 3, 1-9.
Schlesinger, M. (2013). Investigating the origins of intrinsic motivation in human infants. In G. Baldassarre & M. Mirolli (Eds.), Intrinsically motivated learning in natural and artificial systems (pp. 367-392). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Schlesinger, M., Amso, D., & Johnson, S.P. (2012). Simulating the role of visual selective attention during the development of perceptual completion. Developmental Science, 15, 739-752.
Schlesinger, M., & McMurray, B. (2012). The past, present, and future of computational models of cognitive development. Cognitive Development, 27, 326-348.