Mazyar Fallah

Associate Dean, Research & Innovation

Locations / Contact Info:

428D Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 21479

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Visual Perception and Attention Laboratory

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


BA Biology -
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA

BA Psychology -
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA

MA Psychology -
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, USA

PhD Psychology and Neuroscience -
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, USA


 2001-2005       Postdoctoral research fellow, Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Selected Publications

Kehoe, DH, Aybulut, S, Fallah M. (2018) Higher-order, multi-featural object encoding by the oculomotor system. J. Neurophys.

Kehoe, DH, Rahimi, M, and Fallah M. (2018) Perceptual color space representations in the oculomotor system are modulated by surround suppression and biased selection. Front Syst Neurosci,

Kehoe, DH and Fallah M. (2017) Rapid accumulation of inhibitions accounts for saccades curved away from distractors. J. Neurophys, doi:10.1152/jn.00742.2016

Blizzard S, Fierro-Rojas A, and Fallah M (2017) Response inhibition is facilitated by a change to red over green in the stop signal paradigm. Front Hum Neurosci. 10(655) Doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00655

Perry, CJ, Amarasooriya P, and Fallah M (2016) An eye in the palm of your hand: alterations in visual processing near the hand, a mini-review. Front Comp. Neurosci. 10(37).

Perry, C.J., Sergio L.E., Crawford, J.D., and Fallah, M. (2015) Hand placement near the visual stimulus improves orientation selectivity in v2 neurons. J. Neurophys. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00919.2013

Perry, C.J. and Fallah, M. (2014) Feature integration and object representations along the dorsal stream visual hierarchy. Front. Comput. Neurosci. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2014.00084

Perry, C.J. and Fallah, M. (2012) Color improves speed of processing but not perception in a motion illusion. Front. Psychol. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00092

Tchernikov, I. and Fallah, M. (2010) A Color Hierarchy for Automatic Target SelectionPLoS ONE, 5(2).

Other Research Outputs

 2008 The Body Machine, movie, The Discovery Channel (Canada). Interviewed as expert on vision.


York Autism Alliance Research Group

Neuroscience Graduate Diploma
Core Member

Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet)

Centre for Vision Research
Full Member

Sherman Health Science Research Centre
EEG Laboratory

Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science

Society for Neuroscience


VISTA - Vision: Science to Applications
Leadership Team & Core Member


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

 Dr. Fallah uses systems and cognitive neuroscience approaches to understand:

  • how attention works
  • how features are integrated across multiple brain areas to form object representations
  • how attention and object representations drive eye movements
  • multisensory processing including auditory/visual and visual/proprioceptive 
  • how the visual system prioritizes peripersonal space (the area within reach of our arms)
  • the networks in the brain perform those processes, using neuroimaging (EEG)
  • how these networks (EEG) are impaired due to damage, such as concussion and subconcussive impacts
  • how athletics/exercise improve cognitive processing

Research Projects

Assistive Gaze Tracking with the iPad TrueDepth Camera
How can the iPad gaze tracking solution be used in individuals with limited mobility and speech impairments. In-lab and clinical testing.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: VISTA & NSERC Engage

Cortical Interactions in Eye Movements
We gaze around a full visual world. How does the rest of the visual input affect saccades to a target of interest?
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Feature Integration and Object Processing
How are features which are processed in different places and stages in the visual system, integrated into a coherent object representation?
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Feature Modulation of Executive Functions
How do the features of the visual stimuli affect the strength of executive functions such as attention, working memory, response inhibition. Can this be used to aid impairments in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council