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Jason Clarke

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Clarke is an experimental cognitive psychologist. In broad terms, his research focuses on understanding the nature of consciousness and its psychological and neural underpinnings. More specifically, using the methods of psychophysics and behavioral psychology, Dr. Clarke is currently attempting to answer the following questions about human vision: What do human observers consciously see in a brief single glance before eye movements? What is the role of attention in conscious perception? Is attention necessary and sufficient for conscious perception? How much information do observers perceive unconsciously? What is the role of expectation and prior beliefs in perception? What are the psychological mechanisms behind the subjective experience of time “slowing down” and time “speeding up”, the illusion of subjective time dilation? Dr. Clarke received a B.A. in Classical Studies from University College London, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. Apart from research, he currently teaches at The Cooper Union, The New School, and New York City College of Technology (CUNY). In his spare time, apart from cycling and reading, he tries to solve the riddles of the universe by staying involved in the latest research in other fields, including physics and philosophy.

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