Alexis Lopez

Alexis is a former Discovery Scholar (working with Dr. Michael C. Hout), originally from Gilbert, AZ. She graduated with a psychology bachelors degree in Spring 2016, with a minor in forensic psychology. She plans on going to graduate school to pursue a career geared toward forensic or clinical research. In her spare time, she volunteers in various settings. She has 3 dogs who she loves dearly. And she loves to cook, draw, and play volleyball.

Alexis’ research projects (which are still ongoing) focused on collaborative visual search.  Specifically, she is interested in the sorts of difficult visual searches undertaken by professional searchers, such as TSA security operators looking for prohibited items in travelers’ baggage.  Alexis devised a series of experiments comparing single searchers to collaborative pairs (who undertook various strategies).  Her research has helped to uncover under what specific circumstances having a partner increases the efficiency and accuracy of visual search.  Being a Discovery Scholar has allowed Alexis to travel and present her research at multiple academic conferences including the Psychonomics Society Meetings, the Vision Sciences Society conferences, the ARMADILLO Cognitive Psychology Conference, and NMSU’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium.  She has collaborated with researchers at New Mexico State University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Southampton (in the United Kingdom).

Below, you’ll find photos of Alexis presenting her work, and links to some of her published conference posters.

  • Lopez, A., Bennett, G., Robbins, A., Godwin, H. J., & Hout, M. C. (2015). Four eyes aren’t always better than two: Collaborative categorical multiple-target hybrid search. Poster presented at the 23rd annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory conference: Chicago, IL (November, 2015).  PDF
  • Lopez, A., Bennett, G., Robbins, A., Godwin, H. J., & Hout, M. C. (2016). Find one fast, or find them all slow: Do collaborative visual searchers search more quickly or more thoroughly? Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society 2016 Meeting in St. Petersburg, Fl (May, 2016).  PDF
  • Lopez, A., Robbins, A., Godwin, H. J., & Hout, M. C. (2016). Working with a partner may help protect against frequency effects in difficult visual search. Poster presented at the 24th annual Object Perception, Attention and Memory conference: Boston, MA (November, 2016). PDF
  • Hout, M. C., Lopez, A., Robbins, A., & Papesh, M. H. (2016). Expertise fine-tunes mental representations of targets during challenging visual search. Poster presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, Massachusetts (November, 2016).  PDF
  • Hout, M. C., Lopez, A., Robbins, A., & Papesh, M. H. (2016). Expertise fine-tunes mental representations of targets during challenging visual search. Paper presented to the 2016 ARMADILLO Cognition Conference: El Paso, TX (September, 2016).  PDF

 

Alexis presenting for the first time at the OPAM (2015) conference.

Presenting at the Vision Sciences Society conference.

With Dr. Hout, presenting at NMSU’s URCAS conference.

Presenting at OPAM (2016).

Presenting at the ARMADILLO conference.