Igor S. Utochkin
- Laboratory Head:Laboratory for Cognitive Research
- Professor:Faculty of Social Sciences / School of Psychology
- Igor S. Utochkin has been at HSE University since 2005.
Education and Degrees
Doctor of Sciences*
Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in General Psychology, Psychology of Personality, History of Psychology
Degree in Psychology
Lomonosov Moscow State University
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.
Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience
Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2015-2016)
- Cognitive Psychology (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 2 year, 1-4 module)Rus
- Psychology and neurophysiology of perception, attention (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 3 year, 1, 2 module)Rus
- Cognitive Psychology (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 2 year, 1-4 module)Rus
- Psychology and neurophysiology of perception and attention (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 3 year, 1, 2 module)Rus
Editorial board membership
2014: Member of the Editorial Board, Российский журнал когнитивной науки (The Russian Journal of Cognitive Science).
Dissertation for a degree of Doctor of Science
- Article Im H. Y., Tiurina N., Utochkin I. S. An explicit investigation of the roles that feature distributions play in rapid visual categorization // Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. 2021. No. 83. P. 1050-1069 . doi
- Article Markov Y., Utochkin I. S. Conceptual distinctiveness does not improve visual working memory for objects but aids object-location binding // PsyArXiv. 2021 doi
- Article Khvostov V., Markov Y., Utochkin I. S., Brady T. F. Limitations on Animacy Categorization in Ensemble Perception // Journal of Vision. 2021. Vol. 21. Article 2085. doi
- Article Markov Y., Utochkin I. S., Brady T. F. Real-world objects are not stored in holistic representations in visual working memory // Journal of Vision. 2021. Vol. 21. No. 3. P. 1-24. doi
- Article Iakovlev A. U., Utochkin I. S. Roles of saliency and set size in ensemble averaging // Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. 2021. Vol. 83. No. 3. P. 1251-1262. doi
- Article Khvostov V., Lukashevich A., Utochkin I. S. Spatially intermixed objects of different categories are parsed automatically // Scientific Reports. 2021. No. 11. P. 1-8. doi
- Article Utochkin I. S., Khvostov V., Wolfe J. M. Categorical grouping is not required for guided conjunction search // Journal of Vision. 2020. Vol. 20. No. 8. P. 1-22. doi
- Article Utochkin I. S., Brady T. F. Independent storage of different features of real-world objects in long-term memory // Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2020. Vol. 149. No. 3. P. 530-549. doi
- Article Utochkin I. S., Brady T. F. Individual representations in visual working memory inherit ensemble properties // Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 2020. Vol. 46. No. 5. P. 458-473. doi
- Article Markov Y.A., Tiurina N.A., Utochkin I. S. Different features are stored independently in visual working memory but mediated by object-based representations // Acta Psychologica. 2019. Vol. 197. P. 52-63. doi
- Article Tiurina N., Utochkin I. S. Ensemble perception in depth: Correct size-distance rescaling of multiple objects before averaging // Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2019. Vol. 148. No. 4. P. 728-738. doi
- Article Brady T. F., Utochkin I. S. Entities also require relational coding and binding. Commentary on “An Integrative Memory model of recollection and familiarity to understand memory deficits” // Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 2019. Vol. 42. No. e285. P. 19-20. doi
- Article Khvostov V.A., Utochkin I. S. Independent and parallel visual processing of ensemble statistics: Evidence from dual tasks // Journal of Vision. 2019. Vol. 19. No. 9. P. 1-18. doi
- Article Khvostov V., Utochkin I. S. Independent and parallel visual processing of mean, variance, and numerosity: Evidence from dual tasks // Journal of Vision. 2019. Vol. 19. No. 10. P. 192b-192b. doi
- Preprint Markov Y., Utochkin I. S., Brady T. F. Real-world objects are not stored in holistic representations in visual working memory / -. Series - "PsyArXiv". 2019. doi
- Article Markov Y., Dulyan L., Rosenholtz R., Utochkin I. S. The occurrence of illusory conjunctions correlates with the spatial noise in peripheral vision // Journal of Vision. 2019. Vol. 19. P. 66-66. doi
- Article Utochkin I. S., Khvostov V., Stakina Y. Continuous to discrete: Ensemble-based segmentation in the perception of multiple feature conjunctions // Cognition. 2018. Vol. 179. P. 178-191. doi
- Preprint Markov Y., Tiurina N., Utochkin I. S. Different features are stored independently in visual working memory but mediated by object-based representations / Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ. Series WP BRP "PSYCHOLOGY". 2018.
- Article Dulyan L. G., Utochkin I. S. The Effect of Multiple Object Tracking on Peripheral Crowding // Journal of Vision. 2018. Vol. 18. No. 10. P. 851. doi
- Preprint Dulyan L. G., Utochkin I. S. The effect of attentional load on crowding / Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ. Series WP BRP "PSYCHOLOGY". 2018.
- Article Utochkin I. S., Wolfe J. M. Visual search for changes in scenes creates long-term, incidental memory traces // Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. 2018. Vol. 80. No. 4. P. 829-843. doi
- Article Markov Y., Tiurina N., Stakina Y., Utochkin I. S. The capacity and precision of visual working memory for object and ensembles // Psychology. Journal of the Higher School of Economics. 2017. Vol. 14. No. 4. P. 735-755. doi
- Preprint Yuri A. Markov, Igor S. Utochkin. The effect of object distinctiveness on object-location binding in visual working memory / Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ. Series WP BRP "PSYCHOLOGY". 2017. No. 79.
- Article Utochkin I. S., Vostrikov, Konstantin O. The numerosity and mean size of multiple objects are perceived independently and in parallel // Plos One. 2017. Vol. 12. No. 9. P. 1-20. doi
- Article Utochkin I. S., Yurevich M. Similarity and heterogeneity effects in visual search are mediated by “segmentability” // Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 2016. Vol. 42. No. 7. P. 995-1007. doi
- Article Utochkin I. S. Visual enumeration of spatially overlapping subsets // The Russian Journal of Cognitive Science. 2016. Vol. 3. No. 1-2. P. 4-20.
- Article Utochkin I. S., Tiurina N. Parallel averaging of size is possible but range-limited: A reply to Marchant, Simons, and De Fockert // Acta Psychologica. 2014. Vol. 146. P. 7-18. doi
- Article Gusev A., Mikhailova O. A., Utochkin I. S. Stimulus determinants of the phenomenon of change blindness // Psychology in Russia: State of the Art. 2014. Vol. 7. No. 1. P. 122-134. doi
- Preprint Utochkin I. S. Conjunctions can guide attention through visual search / NRU Higher School of Economics. Series PSY "Psychology". 2013.
- Article Utochkin I. S. Visual search with negative slopes: The statistical power of numerosity guides attention // Journal of Vision. 2013. Vol. 13. No. 3. P. 1-14.
- Chapter Булатова М. Е., Уточкин И. С. Репрезентация численности в подмножествах, образованных признаками и их сочетаниями // В кн.: Когнитивная наука в Москве: новые исследования. Тезисы конференции (19 июня 2013 г.) / Науч. ред.: Е. В. Печенкова, М. В. Фаликман. М. : Буки Веди, 2013. С. 42-46.
- Article Utochkin I. S. Hide-and-seek around the centre of interest: The dead zone of attention revealed by change blindness // Visual Cognition. 2011. Vol. 19. No. 8. P. 1063-1088. doi
- Article Utochkin I. S. Involuntary remembering of words in various attentional demands / Пер. с рус. // Journal of Russian and East European Psychology. 2011. Vol. 49. No. 3. P. 24-39.
- Article Utochkin I. S. Strategies of visual search for changes in complex scenes // Journal of Russian and East European Psychology. 2011. Vol. 49. No. 5. P. 10-29.
I am interested in visual perception and attention. My current work is focused on several main topics:
Ensemble perception. Despite our attention and visual working memory (VWM) have severely limited capacity - 3-4 objects at a time, at any given moment we still see much more than these 3-4 objects. Numerous studies of past decades show that this is possible because ensemble representation, the special mode of perception that allows us to see large sets of objects in the absence of the information about individuals. The visual system is believed to construct rather generalized images of ensembles via computing summary statistics, such as aprroximate number or average size, orientation, speed, brightness, even facial expression, etc. My research concerns two main issues: 1) The role of summary statistics in perceptual grouping, segmentation, and categorization: How can visual summary statistics be used by the visual system to decide which members of an ensemble belong to the same type of objects, and which members belong to different types; 2) What is the role of attention in extracting summary statistics?
Attention and visual search. Visual search is a very useful task for studying the deployment of attention over space and time. In visual search we can easily and independently manipulate numerous stimulus factors (the number of objects, their features, their similarity and dissimilarity, their density, etc.), as well as high-level sets via instructions and rewards. My specific interest in visual search focuses on the following question: How the statistical distribution of similar and dissimilar objects (as derived from statistical processing of a visual ensemble) affects the settings of the "attentional window", a hypothetical tradeoff between the number of immediately attended objects and the amount of capacity given to each of those objects?
Dead zone of attention. When perceiving a natural scene, one is normally attending to most significant objects or their parts. These are termed the "centers of interest" (CI), while other details of the scene are termed "marginal interests" (MI). My recent finding from the change blindness pardigm is that observers attend to MI's differently depending on the location of those MI's. Specifically, in my change blindness experiments participants failed to notice marginal changes for longer time in close proximity to a CI as compared to remote MI's. This effect was termed the dead zone of attention. The current research in my lab is indended to understand the nature of this effect. Is it elicited by some low-level spatial inhibition? Or is it caused by a high-level strategy of scene inspection?
General Psychology: Sensation and Perception (2nd year)
Experimental Psychology (3rd year)
Psychology of Errors and Illusions (elective, 2nd year)
Attention, Perception and Psychphysics
Journal of Optical Society of America A
Journal of Vision
The Russian Journal of Cognitive Science
Psychology. Journal of HSE
This year the 3d “Applied Cognitive Science” Summer School was held by our Lab. Unfortunately, we were forced to meet via online because of pandemic situation. Nonetheless, these conditions did not affect on shool program: it was intense and engaging.
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Working Memory Is Structured Hierarchically: The Colours and Orientations of Objects Are Processed Independently
Researchers in cognitive psychology at HSE University have experimentally demonstrated that the colours and orientations of objects are stored and processed independently in working memory. However, it is easier for a person to remember these features when they belong to a single object: for example, it is easier for a person to remember and understand one graph on which both parameters are indicated (with a colour and a line shape, for example), than two different graphs in which the two parameters are shown separately. The results of the experiment were published in Acta Psychologica journal.
The Russian Science Foundation has announced the most recent winners of three-year grants for scientific research. Among the recipients are a number of projects carried out by scientists at the Higher School of Economics.
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