Professor Jordan Suchow

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
School: School of Business
Building: Babbio
Room: 634
Phone: 201-216-5547
Fax: (201) 216-5385
Email: Jordan.Suchow@stevens.edu
Education

University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral fellow, 2014–2018

Advisor: Prof. Thomas Griffiths

Harvard University

Ph.D. in Psychology, 2014

Advisor: Prof. George Alvarez

Harvard University

A.M. in Psychology, 2011

Brandeis University

B.S. in Computer Science, 2009

New York University

Psychology & Neural Science

Research Assistant, —2008

Advisor: Prof. Denis Pelli


 

Research

 

Published Works

Reprints are available at http://suchow.io.

1. Suchow, J. W. & Alvarez, G. A. (2011). Motion silences awareness of visual change. Current Biology, 21, 140–143.

2. Suchow, J. W. (2011). NPG’s policy on authorship. Nature, 477, 244. [N.B.: fiction, for now.]

3. Suchow, J. W. & Pelli, D. G. (2012). Learning to detect and combine the features of an object. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(2), 785–790.

4. Fougnie, D., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2012). Variability in the quality of visual working memory. Nature Communications, 3(1229), 1–8.

5. Suchow, J. W.*, Brady, T. F.*, Fougnie, D., & Alvarez, G. A. (2013). Modeling visual working memory with the MemToolbox. Journal of Vision, 13(10):9, 1–8.

6. Suchow, J. W., Fougnie, D., Brady, T. F. & Alvarez, G. A. (2014). Terms of the debate on the format and structure of visual memory. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(7), 2071–2079.

7. Fan, J. E. & Suchow, J. W. (2014). The crowd is self-aware. Commentary on “Mapping collective behavior in the big-data era.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(01), 81–82.

8. Suchow, J. W. (2014). Measuring, monitoring, and maintaining memories in a partially observable mind. PhD Thesis, Harvard University. Committee members: Daniel Schacter, Martin Nowak, Patrick Cavanagh, George Alvarez

9. Suchow, J. W. (2015). Building a social network one choice at a time. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0133463.

10. Suchow, J. W., Pacer, M. D., & Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Design from zeroth principles. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

11. Suchow, J. W. & Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Deciding to remember: memory maintenance as a Markov Decision Process. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

12. Suchow, J. W., Fougnie, D. & Alvarez, G. A. (2016). Looking inwards and back: real-time monitoring of visual working memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

13. Pacer, M. D. & Suchow, J. W. (2016). Linting science prose and the science of prose linting. Proceedings of the 15th Python in Science Conference.

14. Suchow, J. W. & Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Rethinking experiment design as algorithm design. CrowdML — NIPS 2016 Workshop on Crowdsourcing and Machine Learning.

15. Gates, M., Suchow, J. W., & Griffiths, T. L. (2017). Empirical tests of large-scale collaborative recall. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

16. Langlois, T., Jacoby, N., Suchow, J. W., & Griffiths, T. L. (2017). Uncovering visual priors in spatial memory using serial reproduction. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

17. Suchow, J. W. & Alvarez, G. A. (2017). Silencing the awareness of change. The Oxford Compendium of Visual Illusions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

18. Suchow, J. W., Bourgin, D. D., & Griffiths, T. L. (2017). Evolution in mind: evolutionary dynamics, cognitive processes, and Bayesian inference. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21(7), 522–530.

19. Peterson, J., Aghi, K., Suchow, J. W., Ku, A., & Griffiths, T. L. (2018). Capturing human category representations by sampling in deep feature spaces. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

20. Paxton, A., Morgan, T. J. H., Suchow, J. W., Griffiths, T. L. (2018). Interpersonal coordination of perception and memory in real-time online social interaction. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

21. Suchow, J.W.*, Peterson, J.* & Griffiths, T.L. (2018). Learning a face space for experiments on human identity. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

22. Jupyter et al. (2019). nbgrader: A tool for creating and grading assignments in the Jupyter Notebook. Journal of Open Source Education, 2(11), 32.

 


 

 Grants, Contracts & Funds    

2019–2020 Phase II of DARPA cooperative agreement awarded under the Defense Sciences Office for the project “Culture on a chip” as part of the Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program. Sub-award, with UC Berkeley as prime ($606,000; PI).

2016–2018 Phase I of DARPA cooperative agreement awarded under the Defense Sciences Office, for project “Culture-on-a-chip computing: crowdsourced simulations of culture, group formation, collective identity,” as part of the Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program ($2,800,00; co-PI).

2014–2016 NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded under the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences, for the project “The dynamics of updating and transmitting individual and collective memories”($172,000; co-PI).

 


 

Talks, Presentations, & Posters
Peterson, J., Aghi, K., Suchow, J.W., Ku, A., & Griffiths, T.L. (2018). Capturing human category representations by sampling in deep feature spaces. Sixth International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), workshop track, in Vancouver, Canada.

Suchow, J.W. (2018). Presented at the New Members Symposium of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) in London, England.

Morgan, T.J.H., Suchow, J.W, & Griffiths, T.L. (2018). Experimental gene-culture coevolution of human social learning in a changing environment. The Cultural Evolution Conference in Tempe, AZ.

Suchow, J.W, Lall, Vishal H., Callaway, F., Pacer, M., & Griffiths, T.L. (2018). Towards closed-loop crowdsourcing and human computation. The International Conference on Probabilistic Programming (PROBPROG) in Cambridge, MA.

Suchow, J. W., Peterson, J. C., & Griffiths, T. L. (2018). A learned generative model of faces for experiments on human identity. Presented as a talk at the Vision Sciences Society conference in St. Pete, FL.

Peterson, J. C., Aghi, K., Suchow, J. W., Ku, A., Griffiths, T. L. (2018). Sampling from object and scene representations using deep feature spaces. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in St. Pete, FL.

Paxton, A., Morgan, T. J. H., Suchow, J. W. & Griffiths, T. L. (2018). Low-level coordination in minimally interactive (online) contexts. Presented as a talk at the Guy Van Orden UConn Workshop on Cognition and Dynamics, XIII, in Storrs, CT.

Paxton, A., Suchow, J. W., Morgan, T. J. H., & Griffiths, T. L. (2018). The virtuous cycle of theory-building: improving theoretical understanding in the (online) lab and in the wild. Presented as a talk at the SPSP Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA.

Suchow, J.W. & Griffiths, T. L. (2018). Culture on a chip computing. Presented at the DARPA NGS2 PI meeting in Arlington, VA.

Suchow, J. W. (2018). Invited talk at Stevens Institute of Technology (Computer Science) in Hoboken, NJ.

Suchow, J. W. (2017). Algorithmic experimentation with Dallinger. Presented as a tutorial at the 2017 Estes Fund Data on the Mind Workshop in Berkeley, CA.

Peterson, J., Abbot, J. Batleday, R., Suchow, J. W. & Griffiths, T. L. (2017). Using large natural image datasets to study cognition. Presented as a poster at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Vancouver, Canada.

Paxton, A., Suchow, J. W., Morgan, T. J. H., & Griffiths, T. L. (2017). Exploring social behavior with Dallinger, an open-source experiment automation tool. Presented as a poster at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Vancouver, Canada.

Suchow, J. W. (2017). Invited talk at Stevens Institute of Technology (InformationSystems) in Hoboken, NJ.

McDowell, M., Suchow, J. W., & Haberman, J. (2017). A preference for flipped depictions of self. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in St. Pete, FL.

Suchow, J. W. (2016). Experiment design, algorithm design, and automation in the behavioral and social sciences. Presented as a talk at the CS Colloquium at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.

Suchow, J. W. (2016). Invited talk at Stanford University in Stanford, CA.

Suchow, J. W. (2016). Invited talk at Cornell Tech in New York City, NY.

Suchow, J. W., Fougnie, D., & Alvarez, G.A. (2016). Looking inwards and back: real-time monitoring of visual working memory. Presented as a talk at the 24th Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory conference in Boston, MA.

Suchow, J. W., Morgan, T. J. H., Hamrick, J., Pacer, M., Meylan, S. C. & Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Wallace: automating cultural evolution experiments through crowdsourcing. Presented as a tutorial at the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Philadelphia, PA.

Suchow, J. W. & Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Deciding to remember: memory maintenance as a Markov Decision Process. Presented as a talk at the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Philadelphia, PA.

Suchow, J. W. & Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Culture-on-a-chip computing. Presented as a talk and poster at the kickoff meeting for DARPA’s Next Generation Social Science program in Arlington, VA.

Suchow, J. W., Pacer, M. D. & Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Design from zeroth principles. Presented as a poster at the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society in Philadelphia, PA.

Pacer, M. D. & Suchow, J. W. (2016). Proselint: the linting of science prose and the science of linting prose. Presented as a talk at Scientific Computing with Python 2016 in Austin, TX.

Suchow, J. W. (2016). Member of the panel for the session “Extracting knowledge from data: What can we learn from the mind and brain?” at the Data Science Summit for the Moore–Sloan Data Science Environment program.

Suchow, J. W. (2016). Invited talk at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.

Suchow, J. W. (2016). Invited talk at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.

Suchow, J. W. (2016). Presentation at Proposer’s Day for DARPA’s Next Generation Social Science program in Arlington, VA.

Suchow, J. W., Morgan, T. J. H., Hamrick, J., Pacer, M., Meylan, S. C. & Griffiths, T. L. (2015). Wallace: A platform for simulating cultural evolution in structured populations online. Presented as a talk at the Crowdsourcing and Online Behavioral Experiments workshop at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation in Portland, OR.

Suchow, J. W. (2015). Invited talk at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Suchow, J. W. (2015). Invited talk at Tufts University in Medford, MA.

Suchow, J. W. (2015). Illusory amputation of the eye; adaptive methods for measuring aftereffect decay; the perception of age. Presented as a talk at the Perception and Action seminar at UC Berkeley.

Suchow, J. W. & Alvarez, G. A. (2014). The more you try to remember, the faster you forget. Load-dependent forgetting and overreaching. Presented as a talk at the Vision Sciences Society conference in St. Petersburg, FL.

Suchow, J. W., Allen, B., Nowak, M. A. & Alvarez, G. A. (2013). Evolutionary dynamics of visual memory. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Suchow, J. W. (2013). Maintaining memories in a partially observable mind. Presented as a talk at the Visual Attention Seminar at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Cambridge, MA.

Herman, L., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2013). Frequency-based synesthetic associations between letters and colors. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Fougnie, D., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2013). Gradual decay and death by natural causes in visual working memory. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Alvarez, G. A., Brady, T. F., Fougnie, D. & Suchow, J. W. (2013). Beyond slots vs. resources. Presented as a talk in the symposium The structure of visual working memory at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Herman, L., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2013). Frequency-based synesthetic associations between letters and colors. Presented as a poster at the Seventeenth International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems in Boston, MA.

Brady, T. F., Suchow, J., Fougnie, D. & Alvarez, G. A. (2012). MemToolbox: A MATLAB toolbox for analyzing visual working memory experiments. Presented as a poster the Portland Working Memory Conference, Portland, OR.

Fougnie, D., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2012). Gradual decay and death by natural causes in visual working memory. Presented as a poster at the Portland Working Memory Conference, Portland, OR.

Suchow, J. W., Fougnie, D., & Alvarez, G. A. (2012). Visual working metamemory. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Fougnie, D., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2012). The volatility of working memory. Presented as a talk at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Suchow, J. W. (2012). Metamemory and evolutionary dynamics in cognitive processes. Presented as a talk at the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Seminar at Harvard.

Fougnie, D., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2011). Variable precision among working memory representations. Presented as a talk at the Object Perception, Attention, & Memory conference in Seatle, WA.

Suchow, J. W. & Alvarez, G. A. (2011). Background motion silences awareness of foreground change. Presented as a poster at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada. Semifinalist, ACM Student research competition

Suchow, J. W. & Alvarez, G. A. (2011). Silencing awareness of change by background motion. Presented as a poster at the 15th annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness in Kyoto, Japan.

Haberman, J., Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2011). The visual system adapts to mean orientation. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2011). Which kinds of motion silence awareness of visual change? Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Suchow, J. W., & Alvarez, G. A. (2010). Silent updating: cross-dimensional change suppression. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 299. Presented as a talk at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Suchow, J. W., & Pelli, D. G. (2008). Letter learning: feature detection and combination. Journal of Vision, 9(6), 1133. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL.

Suchow, J. W. (2006). Feature integration during letter learning. Presented as a talk at The Leadership Alliance national symposium in Chantilly, VA.

Suchow, J. W. (2006). Feature integration during letter learning. Presented as a talk at the NYU Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in New York, NY.

Suchow, J. W., & Pelli, D. G. (2005). Learning to identify letters: Generalization in high- level perceptual learning. Journal of Vision, 5(8), 712. Presented as a poster at the Vision Sciences Society conference in Sarasota, FL.


 Visual Demonstrations

1. “Silencing.” http://visionlab.harvard.edu/silencing/.
(with George Alvarez) Presented at the Vision Sciences Society’s Demo Night in 2010. 1st prize, Neural Correlate Society’s 2011 Best visual illusion of the year contest

2. “Disembodied eyes and mouth illusion.” visionlab.harvard.edu/upsidedown/. (with Ken Nakayama and Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam) Presented at the Vision Sciences Society’s Demo Night in 2011.

3. “Touching and interpreting hallucinated patterns in dynamic visual noise.”
(with Justin Jungé and George Alvarez) Presented at the Vision Sciences Society’s Demo Night in 2012.

4. “Reflections on a true mirror."
(with Jason Haberman) Presented at the Vision Sciences Society’s Demo Night in 2013.


Outreach, Media Coverage, and Gallery Exhibitions

Suchow, J. W. (2018). Haven’t we met before? On doppelgängers and perception. Aeon. http://bit.ly/twinstrangers

In 2017, the Carl Bosch Museum in Heidelberg included a demonstration of the silencing illusion in a special exhibit on illusions.

Suchow, J. W., and Griffiths, T. L. (2016). Rethinking experiment design as algorithm design. Follow the Crowdhttps://humancomputation.com/blog/?p=9374

In 2016, Proselint reached the #1 spot on the front page of Hacker News and was covered by Boing Boing.

In 2015, Suchow (2011) was translated to audio in episode 397 of StarShipSofa.

Suchow & Pelli (2012) was covered in an interview by Medical Xpress.

Suchow & Alvarez (2011) was covered by Scientific American, New Scientist, The Washington Post, Slashdot, Gizmodo, Wired.co.uk and .it, MSNBC, CVC Radio, CBS, Sciences et Avenir, and others. As of early 2016, the official demo page had been seen by 150,000 visitors and the YouTube demos had been played over 2,100,000 times. The Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco holds a physical installation of silencing in its permanent collection.

Interview with Nerve.com published as ‘Sex advice from neuroscientists’ in June 2009.

Suchow, J. W. (2005). Seeing things: Visual perception research at NYU. Imagine Magazine, March 2005.

 

Institutional Service

Teaching (Stevens)

2019 Instructor, Web Mining

Teaching (Wellesley)

2018 Instructor, Cognition

Teaching (UC Berkeley)

2015 Lecturer, 2 sections of Computational models of cognition

Teaching (Harvard)

2013 Instructor, Contemporary issues in psychology: intensive cross-level analysis

Derek Bok Center teaching award

George W. Goethals teaching award

2012 Teaching fellow, 2 sections of “Psychological Science”, taught by Dan Gilbert

2012 Instructor, “Contemporary issues in psychology: intensive cross-level analysis”, George W. Goethals teaching award

2012 Teaching fellow, “MATLAB programming for behavioral testing”, taught by George Alvarez

2011 Teaching fellow, 2 sections of “Psychological science”, taught by Dan Gilbert

Guest Lectures

2016 Lecture on the silencing illusion for Wellesley’s “Sensation & Perception” course, taught by Jeremy Wilmer.

Teaching tools

QALMRI+, an extended worksheet, and method for learning to read a journal article.


Visual Quantitative Literacy Test, versions 0.1–0.4. (with Justin Jungé)


Zipf It., an interactive tool for learning about Zipf ’s law.


 

Professional Service

2015— Editorial Board, Maters

2012 Judge, Neural Correlate Society’s 2012 Best visual illusion of the year contest

2011–2013 Editorial board, The New School Psychology Bulletin

2011–2013 Scientifc advisor to Pubget, Inc.

2011–2012 e-print committee of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Ad hoc reviewer for (alphabetical):
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics,
Cognition,
Cognitive Psychology,
Cognitive Science,
CogSci 2016, 2017, 2018,
CVPR 2019,
Emotion,
EPIC 2018,
Eurohaptics 2018,
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,
International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics,
Journal of Cognitive Psychology,
Journal of Comparative Psychology,
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance,
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition,
Journal of the Optical Society of America A,
Journal of Vision,
Maters,
New School Psychology Bulletin,
NIME 2018,
PLOS ONE (+ guest editor),
Perception,
Psychological Research,
Psychological Science,
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review,
SciPy 2016, and
Visual Cognition.


 

Professional Societies

Vision Sciences Society,
American Psychological Association,
Cognitive Science Society, and the
Association for Computing Machinery.

Patents & Inventions

1. Dallinger, http://docs.dallinger.io/. Laboratory automation for the behavioral and social sciences; human culture on a chip.
2. MemToolbox, http://memtoolbox.org. A Matlab toolbox for Bayesian modeling of visual working memory.
3. Wallace, http://github.com/suchow/Wallace. A platform for “simulating” cultural evolution in structured populations using crowdsourced experiments with people.
4. proselint, http://github.com/amperser/proselint. A linter for prose.
5. Dissertate, https://github.com/suchow/Dissertate. Beautiful templates
for a dissertation.
6. nbgrader, https://nbgrader.readthedocs.io. A tool that facilitates creating and grading assignments in the Jupyter notebook. Project led by Jessica Hamrick and Project Jupyter.
7. Autonudger. An iPhone-based commitment device that monitors movement and exercise, nudging the user towards better behavior.
8. LQQK, an Arduino-based wristband that facilitates visual experience sampling.
9. “Antisilencing,” https://vimeo.com/34934039.
Invention reported to Harvard’s Office of Technology Development in 2012.
10. “Methods and compositions for determining differences in taste perception.” Invention reported to UC Berkeley’s Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances in 2015.