Allison Yamanashi Leib


The Whitney Laboratory

Department of Psychology

University of California, Berkeley


2121 Berkeley Way, Room 3302
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720


Research Interest

I investigate how much information humans can extract from their visual surroundings -- given a brief period of time. For example, can we perceive the emotional mood of a large crowd in a split-second glance? Or can we accurately evaluate the price of consumer products when rapidly scrolling through a webpage? My research explores the visual mechanisms that allow humans to accurately evaluate our complex visual world -- under incredibly efficient time scales.

Interested in a summer program?

I direct the pre-collegiate research program in the Whitney laboratory. Please click here to learn more about our program. Applications are now open for the summer of 2019.


Hu*, Y., Yamanashi Leib*, A., Bai, Y., Whitney, D.
Ensemble Perception of Multiple Characteristics in Crowds of Faces
(In Prep) *equal contribution ensemble
Han*, L., Yamanashi Leib*, A., Whitney, D.
Holistic Ensemble Perception
(In Prep) *equal contribution ensemble
Yamanashi Leib, A., Chang, K., Xia, Y., Peng, A., & Whitney, D.
Fleeting impressions of economic value via summary statistical representations
(Under Review) ensemble
Whitney, D. & Yamanashi Leib, A. (2018)
Ensemble perception.
Annual review of Psychology, 69, 105-129 ensemble
Xia, Y., Yamanashi Leib, A., & Whitney, D. (2016).
Serial dependence in the perception of attractiveness.
Journal of Vision. (2016), 16(15):28, 1-8. serial, face
Yamanashi Leib, A., Kosovicheva, A., & Whitney, D. (2016).
Fast ensemble representations for abstract visual impressions.
Nature Communications. (2016), 7:13186. ensemble
Bai, Y., Yamanashi Leib, A., Puri, A., Whitney, D., & Peng, K. (2015).
Gender differences in crowd perception.
Frontiers in Psychology. (2015), 6(1300): 1-12. ensemble, face
Wolfe, B., Kosovicheva, A., Yamanashi Leib, A., Wood, K., & Whitney, D. (2015).
Foveal input is not required for perception of crowd facial expression.
Journal of Vision. (2015), 15(4):11, 1-13. ensemble, face, localization
Yamanashi Leib, A., Fischer, J.T., Liu, Y., Qiu, S., Roberston, L., , Whitney, D. (2014). Ensemble crowd perception: A viewpoint-invariant mechanism to represent average crowd identity Journal of Vision. (2014), 14(8):26, 1-13. ensemble
Yamanashi Leib, A., Puri, M., Fischer, J., Bentin, S., Whitney, D., Robertson, L. (2012). Crowd Perception in Prosopagnosia. Neuropsychologia. (2012) 50(7):1698-707, Epub 2012 Apr 11. ensemble
Yamanashi Leib, A., Landau, A. N., Baek, Y, Chong, S. C., & Robertson, L. (2012). Extracting the mean size across the visual field in patients with mild, chronic unilateral neglect. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (2012) (6):267. ensemble