My research primarily investigates the perception of 3-dimensional shape. The goal of this work is to understand how the brain interprets 2-dimensional images to create 3-dimensional mental representations. I also have an interest in cross-modal perceptual abilities, i.e., how well we can visually identify an object we have only touched but not seen or vice versa. I explore these ideas through the use of computer graphics, 3D printing, psychophysical experiments and cognitive modeling.
Professor Egan teaches courses in Behavioural Neuroscience, Statistical Methods in Psychology, Research Methods and Sensation & Perception