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Emma Raat
PhD student



  • PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 2019-Present
  • Fly your thesis! team G-REACH, European Space Agency (ESA) Academy, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, December 2017-November 2018
  • MSc Research Master Neuroscience, Erasmus University, the Netherlands, 2016-2018
  • BSc Biology, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, 2013-2016



Getting the gist of it: How do humans learn to extract the gist of a scene?


Gist processing is thought to be a global, non-selective visual process that extracts structural and statistical regularities over the whole image to access the meaning, category, or gist, of the visual scene. Humans are able to recognize the gist of a scene (e.g. a forest or a kitchen) very rapidly. However, we do not know much about the processes underlying the learning of gist of an image. Medical experts can extract the gist of abnormality in medical images, suggesting that they have learned to recognize of what makes an image abnormal or normal. This project will investigate these learning processes engaged in by medical experts and novice, comparing the accuracy of recognizing abnormalities in medical images and perceptual training leading to development of this ability.

Research group(s)

  • Attention Perception Lab


  • Departmental Studentship


  • Dr. Karla K. Evans (Supervisor)



  • GTA in Undergrad courses


Contact details

Emma Raat
PhD student
Department of Psychology
University of York
Room PS/C/019