Kara Emery

Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University
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Graduating class of Spring 2021


Kara received her Ph.D. for her work in the Visual Perception Lab with Dr. Michael Webster. She’s interested in characterizing how perception differs between observers and how it’s impacted by sensory history. Her research examines visual coding strategies, particularly in the context of color perception and visual adaptation. She explores these coding strategies using psychophysics, computational modeling, and neuroimaging techniques.


  • Ph.D., Integrative Neuroscience, The University of Nevada, Reno, 2015 - present
  • B.A., Psychology (concentration: Cognitive Neuroscience), Roosevelt University, 2011 - 2014

Selected publications

  • Emery KJ , Webster MA. (2019). Individual differences and their implications for color perception. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 30 , 28-33.
  • Emery KJ , Volbrecht VJ, Peterzell DH, and Webster MA. (2017). Variations in normal color vision. VI. Factors underlying individual differences in hue scaling and their implications for models of color appearance. Vision Research 141 , 51-65
  • Emery KJ , Volbrecht VJ, Peterzell DH, Webster MA. (2017). Variations in normal color vision. VII. Relationships between color naming and hue scaling. Vision Research 141 , 66-75.