Stefanie Drew

Associate Professor
(818) 677-3503
Office location:
ST 332



  • Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
  • M.A. University of California, Irvine
  • B.A. Claremont McKenna College

 Specialty Areas: Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience

Courses Taught

  • PSY 369 - Applied Cognition
  • PSY 321 - Research Methods

Selected Publications and Presentations


Drew, SA, Borsting, E, Stark, LR and Chase, C. (2012) Chromatic aberration, accommodation and color preferences in asthenopia. Optometry and Vision Science.

Drew, SA, Chubb, C. and Sperling, G. (Under Revision) The plasticity of contrast-selective attention filters achievable for centroid extraction. Journal of Vision.

Drew, SA, Chubb, CF, and Sperling, G. (2010) Precise attention filters for Weber contrast derived from centroid estimations. Journal of Vision. 10(10): 20


Drew, SA, Escobar, AE and Chase, C. (2012) “Accommodative Lag is Not Predictive of Diminished Reading Speeds in Natural Settings” Vision Science Society Meeting, Naples, Florida

Drew, SA, Asher, DE, Barton, B and Brewer, AA (2010) “Pinwheel cartography: New visual field map cluster in the human posterior parahippocampal complex” Society for Neuroscience Meeting, San Diego

Drew, SA, Chubb, CF and Sperling, G. (2009) “Quantifying Attention: Attention filtering in centroid estimations” Vision Science Society Meeting, Florida

Drew, SA, Chubb, CF, Ehrlich, T, Rubin, T and Sperling, G. (2008) Binary versus graded filters for selectively attending to dots of different contrasts. Vision Science Annual Meeting, Florida

Wong-Drew, SA, Chubb, CF and Sperling, G. (2006) Attentional filtering of dot intensities in centroid estimations. Vision Science Society Annual Meeting, Florida

Research and Interests

Visual Attention

This work focuses on examining how visual attention filters can be imposed and modified during perception tasks. This includes modeling how attention is allocated to items in the visual field.

Accommodation, Color and Reading

When we perform close work, such as reading a text message, the lens in our eye thickens in a process called accommodation to allow us to maintain focus on our target. This research investigates accommodative function and variations during reading behavior. Additionally, I am interested in empirically examining the relationship between colored light and accommodative function.


Synesthesia is a fascinating condition in which individuals experience either intermodal (for example chicken tastes pointy) or intramodal (for example seeing colors when viewing black-and-white text sensory perceptions). The condition of seeing colors when viewing text is a condition known as grapheme-color synesthesia, and is one of my research interests. I am interested in looking at the role that attention has on affecting these perceptions.


In addition to the areas listed above, I am interested in examining the related underlying neuronal mechanisms within the visual system.