Jeff Wurfel

PhD Student

Jeff Wurfel Phone: (213) 821-2070
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Jeff D. Wurfel received his Bachelor’s in Science in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2001. In 2004, he received his Master’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering also from the University of Southern California. He joined the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program in 2003 to earn his PhD in Neuroscience. Jeff joined the Vision Processing Lab in 2002.


Jeff is currently researching the psychophysics of complex motion perception. Specifically, he is examining the ability of normal sighted individuals to discriminate the different parameters of the principle motion types (translation, rotation, expansion, and deformation). The ability to discriminate all of the parameters of the principle motions can be combined to achieve an understanding of any real world three dimensional motion. The results of the human testing are modeled using Bayesian techniques to simulate the human responses. Recently, he has been learning the techniques necessary to carry out fMRI research and may use them in his current project.