Jeremy Wolfe, PhD—Professor of both Ophthalmology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Visual Attention Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital—has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Wolfe will be inducted as part of the 2019 class at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., in October.
Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators, engaging them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. Past inductees include well-known thought influencers like Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Albert Einstein.
The 214 new fellows and international honorary members are among the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and business and philanthropic leaders. Others members joining the class include former First Lady Michelle Obama, Judge Merrick Garland, and actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith.
Dr. Wolfe’s research focuses on visual search and visual attention. He investigates how people find what they are looking for and why they might fail to notice something that’s right in front of their eyes. Dr. Wolfe’s Guided Search model is one of the leading theoretical approaches to the study of visual search. He has a particular interest in socially important search tasks in areas like medical image perception (e.g., cancer screening), security (e.g., baggage screening), and intelligence.
Dr. Wolfe is the former Chair of the Psychonomic Society and is founding editor of their newest journal, Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. He is past president of the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and was previously Editor of Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. Dr. Wolfe is a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Association for Psychological Science; and Divisions 1, 3, 6, and 21 of the American Psychological Association.