Meera
Meera Mary Sunny

My research is directed to better understand selective mechanisms in attention. In the past I have studied the role of low level factors in determining automatic selection by motion onset. Recently my research has focused more on the effects of body and action in selection and on the temporal limits of attention. Visual search and Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) remains the predominant methodologies in my research.

Supervision

PhD

MSc

  • Pankhuri Saxena
  • Kishore Kumar Jagini
  • Vipul Nair

Courses Taught

  • HS305 – Perspectives in psychology
  • HS623 – Research methods in cognitive psychology
  • HS627 – Cognition and Emotion
  • CG 511 – Perception and Attention
  • CG 503 – Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
  • CG504 – Research Methods in Cognitive Science

Representative publications

JOURNALS

REFEREED PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS

  • Sunny, M. M., & von Mühlenen, A. (2011). Motion refresh rates determine how continuous and starting motion captures attention. Journal of Vision, 11(11), 86-86.
  • von Mühlenen, A. , & Sunny, M. M. (2010). The effect of motion onset and motion quality on attentional capture in visual search. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 117-117
  • Sunny, M. M., & von Mühlenen, A. (2010). Performance Costs and Benefits for Simultaneous Dynamic Events in Visual Search. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 1274-1274

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Zubair, H.M. & Sunny, M. M. (2015). Understanding parity: Is the odd-effect odd or even? The European Conference on Visual Perception 2015 (ECVP2015). University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • Thomas, T. & Sunny, M. M. (2015). Hand proximity effect: The role of Space, Object and Disengagement. The European Conference on Visual Perception 2015 (ECVP2015). University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • Sabu, S., Kumar, N. & Sunny, M. M. (2015). Attentional Blink is modulated by Response Selection at T1. The European Conference on Visual Perception 2015 (ECVP2015). University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • George, N. & Sunny, M. M. (2015). Role of prediction error in selective attention. The European Conference on Visual Perception 2015 (ECVP2015). University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • Singh, D. & Sunny, M. M. (2015). (No) Role of emotions in Emotion Induced Blindness. The European Conference on Visual Perception 2015 (ECVP2015). University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • Sunny, M. M., Kumar, N. & Manjaly, J. A. (2015). Attention capture as a function of prediction error. The European Conference on Visual Perception 2015 (ECVP2015). University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  • Zubair, H.M. & Sunny, M.M. (2014) Differential Processing of Numbers in the Left and Right Hemisphere. The 24th Annual Convention of National Academy of Psychology , Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, India.
  • Sunny, M. M., Kumar, N. & Manjaly, J. A. (2014) The Effect of Temporal Unpredictability of Action Outcome on Attention Capture. Jagiellonian-Rutgers Conference in Cognitive Science 2014. Kraków, Poland, June 25 – 29 June, 2014
  • Thomas, T. & Sunny, M. M. (2014), Hand Proximity Influences Attention Capture by a Feature Singleton. First Annual Conference on Cognitive Science (ACCS-2014), New Delhi, IN, Mar. 3-5, 2014. Poster No. 62.
  • Thomas, T., Kumar, N. & Sunny, M. M. (2013). The role of limb proximity in attentional prioritization. International Conference on Cognition Emotion and Action, Ahmedabad, India.
  • Sunny, M. M., Kumar, N. & Manjaly, J. A. (2013). The role of action on attention capture by feature singletons. International Conference on Cognition Emotion and Action, Ahmedabad, India.
  • Singh, D. and Sunny, M. M. (2013). Emotion-induced Blindness: A Review. International Conference on Cognition Emotion and Action, Ahmedabad, India.
  • Sunny, M.M. & von Muhlenen, A. (2012). When does motion onset capture attention? The role of motion flicker and abrupt displacement. 2012 April Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society. Bristol, UK
  • Sunny, M.M. & von Muhlenen, A. (2011). Motion refresh rates determine how continuous and starting motion captures attention. 2011 Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Florida, United States
  • von Muhlenen, A. & Sunny, M.M. (2010). The effect of motion onset and motion quality on attentional capture in visual search. 2010 Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Florida, United States.
  • Sunny, M. M. & von Muhlenen, A. (2010). Performance Costs and Benefits for Simultaneous Dynamic Events in Visual Search. 2010 Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Florida, United States.
  • Sunny, M. M. & von Muhlenen, A. (2009). Does the attention capture effect of moving stimuli depend on motion quality? 24th PsyPAG Conference, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom.
  • Sunny, M. M. & Manjaly, J. A. (2007). Does attention mediate the apparent continuity of consciousness? Quantum Mind 2007. Salzburg, Austria.
  • Sunny, M. M., Rimzhim, A. & Srinivasan, N. (2006). Is there a cerebral asymmetry in the semantic processing of living and non- living Concepts? Second International Conference on Cognitive Science. Allahabad, India.
  • Rimzhim, A., Sunny, M. M. & Srinivasan, N. (2006). Cerebral asymmetry in semantic decision making: Does the nature of the stimulus matter? International Conference on Advances in Neuroscience. Lucknow, India
  • Sunny, M.M. & & Srinivasan, N. (2006). Effect of set-size and duration on change detection with hierarchical stimuli. National Academy of Psychology Conference. IIT Bombay, India.

Lab Alumni

  • Simily Sabu: Currently Pursuing PhD in Cognitive Science at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Ratna: Currently pursuing PhD in Science Education at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  • Hamza Mohd. Zubair