Seminar Series: The Science of Seeing in Radiology – how did I miss that? By Prof. Jeremy Wolfe

We are honoured to be joined by Professor Jeremy Wolfe, US-based radiologist and ophthalmologist speaking on the roles of visual inattention in relation to discrepancy and error analysis.

Professor Wolfe is noted for the ‘Invisible Gorilla Study’ which was highly acclaimed for its relevance to radiology in explaining how a trained reporter can make sense of missing a gorilla image positioned in the lungs of a Chest CT. Other high profile positions include Brigham and Women’s Hospital Director and Professor at Harvard Medical School to name a few.

Professor Wolfe will also be covering the science of visual inattention and bias, how it can be manifested and what a reporter may be able to do in order to minimise its impact.

Jeremy Wolfe is Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He is Director of the Visual Attention Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Wolfe received an AB in Psychology in 1977 from Princeton and his PhD in Psychology in 1981 from MIT. His research focuses on visual search and visual attention with a particular interest in socially important search tasks in areas such as medical image perception (e.g. cancer screening), security (e.g. baggage screening), and intelligence. His lab has been funded since 1982 by NIH (NEI, NIMH, NCI), NSF, AFOSR (Air Force), ONR (Navy), ARO (Army), Homeland Security, and the Nat. Geospatial Agency as well as by IBM, Google, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard, & GE. Wolfe taught Intro. Psychology and other courses for 25 years, mostly at MIT. He has served as Past President or Chair of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), Psychonomic Soc, APA Division 3, Eastern Psychological Assoc, NAS Panel on Soldier Systems. He has served on the Governing Boards of the Vision Sciences Society, APA Div 1 and 6. Wolfe is Founding Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications (CRPI), the newest Psychonomic Society journal and Past-Editor of Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. Wolfe also serves on the Board and Oversight Committee of the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism. He was elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

CPD Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how basic limits on attention produce “normal blindness” and “look but fail to see” errors
  • Describe a taxonomy of false negative errors in radiology, based on eye tracking records
  • Apply the concept of a “Useful Field of View” (or “Functional Visual Field”) to radiology
  • Reflect on the role of artificial intelligence in radiology


Medica reporters will receive a registration link in their emails.

The next in the Seminar Series will be on Wednesday 9th March, 6pm-7pm

If you are a Medica reporter and would like to register for your free place, please contact events


09 Feb 2022


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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