Headshot of Prof. Alex White

Alex White

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience


Neuroscience & Behavior


415H Milbank Hall


Alex White joined the Barnard faculty in 2021. He leads the Barnard Vision Lab  where a team of scientists (mostly Barnard students) study visual perception. Many of their experiments are investigating how the human brain recognizes written words. They use behavioral assessments, eye-tracking, and functional MRI to record brain activity. 

The Vision Lab occasionally has openings for student research assistants. Computer programming skills are highly valued. See the lab webpage for more information. 

- BA, Yale University 

- MS, University of Sydney

- PhD, New York University

- NSBV BC1001 Introduction to Neuroscience 

- NSBV BC3381 Visual Neuroscience: From the Eyeball to the Mind’s Eye

- NSBV BC3099 Independent Study

- Visual perception & Attention 

- Visual word recognition 

- Eye-tracking & fMRI 

- White, A. L., Moreland, J. C., & Rolfs, M. (2022). Oculomotor freezing indicates conscious detection free of decision bias. Journal of Neurophysiology127, 571–585. 

- Yeatman, J.D. & White, A.L. (2021). Reading: the confluence of vision & language. Annual Review of Vision Science,  7, 487-51.

White, A. L., Palmer, J., & Boynton, G. M. (2020). Visual word recognition: Evidence for a serial bottleneck in lexical access. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 82, 2000–2017.  

- White, A. L., Palmer, J., Boynton, G. M., & Yeatman, J. D. (2019). Parallel spatial channels converge at a bottleneck in anterior word-selective cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 10087-10096.