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Ione Fine, Ph.D.


Degree From: University of Rochester

Interests: The effects of long-term visual deprivationAdult perceptual learning and plasticity.Retinal prostheses Psychophysics, fMRI and computational vision.


Phone (206) 685-6157
Course(s)Psych 448A Development, Plasticity and Rehabilitation of Sensory Systems
Course Website(s)Website


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?
I am accepting graduate students in the 2018-2019
Advising Areas:
Cognition and Perception, Quantitative Psychology
Advising notes:
A group of vision people in the Cognition-Perception group (Scott Murray, Geoff Boynton and I) share lab space & lab meetings. I'd encourage you to look at the group as a whole. The best place to start is our web site


My laboratory studies the computational and neurophysiological basis of visual processing, using a wide range of computational and experimental techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging, patient studies, psychophysics and computational modeling. Right now the lab has two main research directions. The first is plasticity in the visual system, including studies on perceptual learning in adulthood and the neural reorganization that occurs as a result of being blind or deaf. The second is developing better stimulation protocols for retinal prostheses. For more information go to

Research Publications

  • Go to for up to date list of publications (2020)
  • Horsager, A., Greenwald, S.,Weiland, J.D., Humayun, M.S., Greenberg, R.J., McMahon, M., Boynton, G.M., Fine, I. Predicting visual sensitivity in retinal prosthesis patients. IOVS 2009 Apr;50(4):1483-91 (2009)
  • deBalthasar C., Roy, A., Freda, R., Greenwald, S. Horsager, A., Mahadevappa, M., Yanai, D., McMahon, M., Humayun, M.S., Greenberg, R.J., Weiland, J.D., Fine, I. (2008) Factors affecting perceptual thresholds in epiretinal prostheses. IOVS; 49:2303-2314. (2008)
  • Saenz, M., Lewis, L.B., Huth, A.G., Fine, I., Koch, C. (2008) Visual Motion Area MT+/V5 Responds to Auditory Motion in Human Sight-Recovery Subjects. J. Neuroscience; 28(20) 5141-8 (2008)
  • Ng M. Boynton, G.M., Fine, I. (2007) Face adaptation does not improve performance on search or discrimination tasks. JOV; 4;8(1):1.1-20 (2007)
  • Ng, M., Ciaramitaro, V., Boynton, G.M. and Fine, I. (2006) Selectivity for the configural cues that identify gender, ethnicity and identity in human cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105:51, 19552-7 (2006)

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