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Melissa Beck

Melissa Beck

Assistant Professor
Cognitive/Developmental Area
Department of Psychology

What was your previous position and where?

Prior to moving to Baton Rouge, I was a National Research Council research associate in the Intelligent Systems and Human Factors division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

What brought you to LSU?

My husband is a clinical psychologist and also a faculty member in the psychology department at LSU. We were looking for a university where we could both accomplish our research and teaching goals. LSU fit both of our needs.

What is your research interest?

My research focuses on the roles of memory, attention and decision making in visual perception. My research addresses questions such as how we perceive a stable and continuous visual world. This research has practical applications for the design of computer interfaces and any other arena where visual stimuli are designed with the goal of conveying important information.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

My goals at LSU include continuing a productive research laboratory, obtaining federal funding for my research and making a significant contribution to undergraduate and graduate training.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

I enjoy the culture at LSU. There is an atmosphere of productivity without a loss of congeniality.

What are your major accomplishments?

My research has been funded by the Board of Regents and the Naval Research Laboratory.


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