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Date Released: 8/25/2006

Neuropsychology Professor Howard Ehrlichman will discuss “Looking for Answers: Saccadic Eye Movement During Non-Visual Memory” at a Purchase College Natural and Social Sciences Lecture on September 19. The lecture will begin at 5 PM in Room 1001 of the Natural Sciences Building. It is free and open to the public.

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. For more information, call 914-251-6601.

Saccadic eye movement is the small, rapid, jerky movement of the eye especially as it jumps from fixation on one point to another, as in reading.

Dr. Ehrlichman, a professor at Queens College, CUNY, hopes his current research on eye movement activity during cognition will have implications for both cognitive development and clinically relevant memory deficits in aging. In his early research, he found that different types of thinking, visual imagery versus verbal content, produced different eye movement rates. For example, thinking about what a visual scene looked like produced a lower rate of saccades than did thinking about the meaning of a proverb. In his current work, he is examining whether different types of memory requirements may be associated with increases or decreases in rates of saccades.

Dr. Ehrlichman received his BA from Queens College and his PhD from the New School for Social Research. He was also a post-doctoral fellow of the Educational Testing Service.

The Natural and Social Sciences Fall Lecture Series continues on October 11 with Alison P. Williams of Princeton University, who will discuss “Lessons from the Lab: An African-American Woman’s Journey from Manure to DNA,” and concludes on November 1 with Victor Asal of the University of Albany, SUNY, who will discuss “The Problem of Suicide Terrorism.”