BA Psychology, Wheaton College.

Research interests:

My research interests center around the human conscious experience. I am specifically interested in the nature of the neural mechanisms responsible for selective attention, working memory, and executive control. My career goals are focused on research in cognitive control, particularly the interaction between top-down regulatory signals and bottom-up processes. I am intrigued by other topics within the realm of cognitive neuroscience as well, such as motion perception, visual awareness, consciousness, volition, and problem solving.


Bressler, D.W. & Whitney, D. (2006). Second-order motion shifts perceived position. Vision Research, 46, 1120-1128.

Whitney, D. & Bressler, D.W. (2007). Spatially asymmetric response to moving patterns in the visual cortex: Re-examining the local sign hypothesis. Vision Research, 47, 50-9.

Bressler, D.W., Spotswood, N., Whitney, D. (2007). Negative BOLD fMRI response in the visual cortex carries precise stimulus specific information. PLoS ONE 2(5): e410. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0000410

Whitney, D. & Bressler, D.W. (2007). Second-order motion without awareness: passive adaptation to second-order motion produces a motion aftereffect. Vision Research, 47, 50-59.

Harp, T., Bressler, D.W., Whitney, D. (2007). Position shifts following crowded second order motion adaptation reveal processing of local and global motion without awareness. Journal of Vision, (in press).

Bulakowski, P., Bressler, D.W., Whitney, D. (2007). Shared attentional resources for global and local motion processing. Journal of Vision, (in press).

Louie, E., Bressler, D.W., Whitney, D. (2007). Holistic crowding: selective interference between configural representations of faces in crowded scenes. Journal of Vision, (submitted).