Vincent Di Lollo, PhD
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Born in Gorizia, in the Italian North-East, Vincent Di Lollo, his parents and two brothers fled to Australia as refugees at the end of WW2. While busy learning English, he worked at a variety of jobs, including as a miner, construction worker, and barman. His English proficiency improved sufficiently to win a scholarship to the University of Western Australia where he completed a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the universities of Indiana, Michigan, and Princeton. After a brief return to work at UWA, he moved to Canada where he has held appointments at the Universities of Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia before spending the past 15 years as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Di Lollo’s research is aimed at discovering what brain processes mediate the perception of objects and events in the visual world. His work on re-entrant brain pathways draws extensively from the fields of visual attention, computer modeling and event-related potentials. It has resulted in over 200 publications in prestigious scientific journals and professional conferences. Laboratories across the world are building on this work to test and further develop a re-entrant theory of visual perception. In a survey by the American Psychological Society, Di Lollo’s work was listed among the contributions that triggered the most significant changes in the direction of psychological research in the twentieth century.
Dr. Di Lollo has served the Canadian academic community unselfishly in scientific advocacy and in shaping national science policy. He has served as President of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science from which he received the Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award, and the Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award. He twice chaired the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Grant Selection Committee, and is a former Editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychology. In recognition of his scientific achievements and public service, Dr. Di Lollo was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada.