Finnegan Calabro, PhD

Finnegan J. Calabro, PhD

Brain & Vision Research Lab
Department of Biomedical Engineering
44 Cummington St, Room 336
Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-9144


Research interests

I work in Dr. Lucia Vaina‘s lab (the Brain and Vision Research Lab
at Boston University). Our lab studies the neural processing of
visual motion, including the perception of self- and object
motion. We combine psychophysics, functional neuroimaging and
computational modeling to investigate how known properties of
cortical neurons give rise to complex visual perception.


Calabro FJ, Vaina LM (in press). “Interaction of cortical networks mediating object motion
detection by moving observers.” Experimental Brain Research.

Calabro FJ, Beardsley SA, Vaina LM (2011). Different motion cues are used to estimate
time-to-arrival for frontoparallel and looming trajectories.
Vision Research 2011 Dec 8;51(23-24):2378-85

Calabro FJ, Soto-Faraco S, Vaina LM (2011). Acoustic facilitation of
object movement detection during self-motion. Proceedings of the Royal
Society of London B. Sep 22;278(1719):2840-7. Abstract, pdf

Calabro FJ, Rana KR, Vaina LM (2011). “Two mechanisms for optic flow and
scale change processing of looming.” Journal of Vision 11 (3): 5, 1-9.
Abstract, pdf

Calabro FJ, Vaina LM (2011). “A Computerized Perimeter for Assessing Modality-Specific Visual
Field Loss”. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011;2011:2025-8 pdf

Calabro FJ, Vaina LM. (2011). Population Anisotropy in Area MT Explains a Perceptual Difference Between Near
and Far Disparity Motion Segmentation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 105 (1):200-208.

Vaina LM, Calabro FJ, Lin FH, Hamalainen MS. (2010). Long-range coupling of prefrontal cortex and visual
(MT) or polysensory (STP) cortical areas in motion perception. BIOMAG2010, IFBME Proceedings Series, Springer
Verlag IFBME.

Sikoglu EM, Calabro FJ, Beardsley SA, Vaina LM. (2010). Integration mechanisms for heading perception. Seeing
and Perceiving, 23 (3): 197-221.
Abstract, pdf

Calabro FJ, Vaina LM. (2006). Stereo motion transparency processing implements an ecological smoothness
constraint. Perception, 35 (9), 1219-1232.

Conference presentations

Calabro, FJ, Vaina, LM (2011). Detection of object motion during
self-motion: psychophysics and neuronal substrate. Journal of Vision,
11(11):722. Abstract

Vaina, LM, Rana, KD, Buonanno, F, Calabro, FJ, Hamalainen, M. (2011).
Deficit of temporal dynamics of detection of a moving object during
egomotion in a
stroke patient: a psychophysical and MEG study. Journal of Vision,
11(11): 723. Abstract

Calabro FJ, Vaina LM. (2009). Modeling disparity tuning properties of MT for depth segmentation during motion
perception. Thirteenth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems. Boston, Ma.
Conference Information

Calabro FJ, Vaina LM. (2007) Scale changes provide an alternative means for coarse heading perception.
Perception 36 (Abstract Supplement). European Conference on Visual Perception. Arezzo, Italy.

Calabro FJ, Vaina LM. (2006) Perception of stereomotion coherence in the presence of planar or volumetric dynamic noise.
Journal of Vision, 6(6): 624; doi:10.1167/6.6.624

Sikoglu EM, Beardsley SA, Calabro FJ, Vaina LM. (2006). Comparison of 2D and 3D ideal observers to
characterize heading perception with directional range noise. Journal of Vision, 6(6): 632;

Calabro FJ, Beardsley SA, Vaina LM. (2005). The contribution of disparity to motion contrast segmentation.
Journal of Vision, 5(8), 726; doi:10.1167/5.8.726.

Calabro FJ, Beardsley SA, Vaina LM. (2004). Effects of disparity and noise on motion transparency.
Journal of Vision, 4(8), 857; doi:10.1167/4.8.857.

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine