Mazyar Fallah

Associate Dean, Research & Innovation

Locations / Contact Info:

428D Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 21479

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Visual Perception and Attention Laboratory

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


BA Biology -
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA

BA Psychology -
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA

MA Psychology -
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, USA

PhD Psychology and Neuroscience -
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ, USA


 2001-2005       Postdoctoral research fellow, Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Selected Publications

Perry, C.J., Sergio L.E., Crawford, J.D., and Fallah, M. (2015) Hand placement near the visual stimulus improves orientation selectivity in v2 neurons. J. Neurophys. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00919.2013

Perry, C.J. and Fallah, M. (2014) Feature integration and object representations along the dorsal stream visual hierarchy. Front. Comput. Neurosci. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2014.00084

Perry, C.J. and Fallah, M. (2012) Color improves speed of processing but not perception in a motion illusion. Front. Psychol. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00092

Tchernikov, I. and Fallah, M. (2010) A Color Hierarchy for Automatic Target SelectionPLoS ONE, 5(2).

Fallah, M. and Jordan, H. (2008) Oculomotor control of spatial attention, in Cortical Mechanisms of Vision, eds. Jenkin, M, & Harris, L., Cambridge University Press.

Bodelon, C., Fallah, M., and Reynolds, J.H (2006). Time is required for perceptual integration of color and orientation. J. Neurosci. 27, 725-30.

Jordan, H., Fallah, M. and Stoner G.R. (2006) Adaptation of gender derived from biological motionNat. Neurosci. 9(6), 738-9.

Moore, T. and Fallah, M. (2004) Microstimulation of the Frontal Eye Fields and its effect on covert spatial attention. J. Neurophys., 91(1).

Other Research Outputs

 2008 The Body Machine, movie, The Discovery Channel (Canada). Interviewed as expert on vision.


York Autism Alliance Research Group
Founding Member

Neuroscience Graduate Diploma
Core Member Steering Committee

Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet)

Centre for Vision Research
Full Member

International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience

Sherman Health Science Research Centre
EEG Laboratory

Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science

Society for Neuroscience


York University Sport Injury Clinic

Service/Community Activities

Undergraduate Neuroscience Degree - Steering Committee


Faculty of Health Merit Award


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

 Dr. Fallah uses systems and cognitive neuroscience approaches to understand:

  • how attention works
  • how features are integrated across multiple brain areas to form object representations
  • how attention and object representations drive eye movements
  • multisensory processing including auditory/visual, visual/proprioceptive and visual/vestibular
  • how the visual system prioritizes peripersonal space (the area within reach of our arms)
  • the networks in the brain perform those processes, using neuroimaging (EEG)
  • how these networks (EEG) are impaired due to damage, such as concussion and subconcussive impacts
  • how athletics/exercise improve cognitive processing

Research Projects

Concussive and Subconcussive effects on brain health in varsity athletes
Using electroencephalography to determine changes in brain activity either from concussion or subconcussive injuries across a season of a varsity impact sport.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: Private Donor

Mechanisms of Selective Attention
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

Neural Mechanisms of Auditory Spatial Attention
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: JP Bickell Foundation