Visual Perception Research




Principal investigator


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Josée Rivest

PhD, Psych

Research summary and Profile

Professor Rivest conducts research in the field of visual perception and neuropsychology. Specifically, she studies face recognition, shape perception, and attention in individuals suffering from mild cognitive impairment and normals.Professor Rivest is affiliated with Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. She offers clinical neuropsychological services to patients whose brain injuries have affected their visuo-perceptual abilities. Dr Rivest clinical intervention and research involve individuals who have Posterior Cortical Atrophy, and who have acquired topographic orientation, and face, and object recognition difficulties. She also studies attention in individuals suffering from mild cognitive impairment.


Selected articles

Rivest, J., Moscovitch, M., Black, S. (2009). A comparative case study of face recognition: The contribution of configural and part-based recognition systems, and their interaction. Neuropsychologia.Tse, P. U.

Rivest, J., Intriligator, J. and Cavanagh, P. (2004). Attention and the subjective expansion of time. Perception & Psychophysics, 66(7), 1171-1189.Rivest, J., Kim, J. S., Intriligator, J., Sharpe, J. A. (2004). Effect of Aging on Visual Shape Distortion.Gerontology. International Journal of Experimental, Clinical and Behavioral Gerontology. 50(3), 142-152.

Robin, J., Rivest, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2014).
Characterizing autobiographical and spatial memory in a case of topographical
disorientation. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Boston.

Robin, J., Rivest, J., & Moscovitch, M. (2014). Maps vs. Scenes: Dissociations in Spatial Memory in a Case of Topographical Disorientation. Poster presented at the 24th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference. Memory. Ontario.

Svoboda, E. & Rivest, J. (2013). Oral presensation on topographic disorientation,
presented at the 23rd Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference: Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation. Part of the presentation: Neuroplasticity and Neurorehabilitation of Specific Cognitive Domains: Memory, Language and Executive Functions.

Rivest, J. (2012). Posterior Cortical Atrophy: A visual variant of Alzheimer’s disease. Centre for Vision Research, York University.

Rivest, J. (2012). Atrophie corticale postérieure : A visual variant of Alzheimer’s disease. Centre de Recherche en Neuropsychologie et cognition
(CERNEC), Université de Montréal, Psychology Department.