Department Head and Professor, Psychology
Michael J. Tarr studies the neural, cognitive and computational mechanisms underlying visual perception and cognition. He is particularly interested in object and face recognition, how we become visual experts for non-face object domains, and how visual perception interacts with our other senses, with cognition and with social and affective processing.
In 2003, the National Academy of Sciences recognized Tarr with the Troland Award, given annually to honor unusual achievement and further empirical research in psychology. In 1997, the American Psychological Association recognized Tarr with the APA Early Career Award. Tarr is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Experimental Psychologists. He is also the co-founder and senior technical advisor for Neon Labs, a startup at CMU that uses visual perception research to improve online video clicks.