Mauro Manassi


The Whitney Laboratory

Department of Psychology

University of California, Berkeley


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


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Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how the brain integrates the huge amount of information from the outside world, into the coherent percept we experience in everyday life. On the spatial domain, my PhD research focused on visual crowding, the deleterious influence of clutter on visual perception. Beyond its implications in reading and amblyopia, this phenomenon is crucial to understand the functioning of object recognition. On the temporal domain, my interests also include backward masking and motion priming. Currently, I am in Whitney’s lab to investigate the interplay between serial dependence and crowding.

Brief Bio

As an undergraduate, I studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Padua (Italy) . In 2014, I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at the École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (Switzerland), under the supervision of Prof. Michael Herzog. Since March 2015, I have been a postdoc in Whitney's Lab.


Liberman*, A., Manassi*, M., & Whitney, D. (2018).
Serial dependence promotes the stability of perceived emotional expression depending on face similarity.
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics (In press). *equal contribution
Manassi, M., Liberman, A., Kosovicheva A., Zhang, K. & Whitney, D. (2018).
Serial Dependence in Position Occurs at the Time of Perception.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
Manassi, M. & Whitney, D. (2018).
Multi-Level Crowding and the Paradox of Object Recognition in Clutter.
Current Biology. 28(3), 127-133.
Manassi, M., Liberman, A., Chaney W., & Whitney, D. (2017).
The perceived stability of scenes: serial dependence in ensemble representations.
Nature Scientific Reports. (2017), 7:1971, 1-9.
Francis, G., Manassi, M., & Herzog, M. H. (2017). Neural dynamics of grouping and segmentation explain properties of visual crowding.
Psychological Review, 124(4), 483-504.
Herzog, M. H., Sayim, B., Manassi, M., & Chicherov, V. (2016). What crowds in crowding?
Journal of Vision, 16(11):25, 1-4.
Manassi, M., Lonchampt, S., Clarke, A., & Herzog, M.H. (2016). What crowding can tell us about object representations.
Journal of Vision, 16(3):35, 1-13.
Doron, A., Manassi, M., Herzog, M.H., & Ahissar, M. (2015). Intact crowding and temporal masking in dyslexia.
Journal of Vision, 15(14):13, 1-17.
Pavan, A., Gall, M., Manassi, M., & Greenlee, M. (2015). No priming for global motion in crowding.
Journal of Vision, 15(9):25, 1-24.
Manassi, M., Hermens, F., Francis, G., & Herzog, M. H. (2015). Release of crowding by pattern completion.
Journal of Vision, 15(8):16, 1-15.
Herzog, M. H., Sayim, B., Chicherov, V., & Manassi, M. (2015). Crowding, grouping, and object recognition: A matter of appearance. Journal of Vision, 15(6):5, 1-18.
Herzog, M. H., & Manassi, M. (2015). Uncorking the bottleneck of crowding: a fresh look at object recognition. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 1: 86-93.
Sayim, B., Manassi, M., & Herzog, M. H. (2014). How color, regularity, and good Gestalt determine backward masking. Journal of Vision, 14(7), 8: 1-11.
Manassi, M., Sayim, B., & Herzog, M. H. (2013). When crowding of crowding leads to uncrowding. Journal of Vision, 13(13): 1-10.
Manassi, M., Sayim, B., & Herzog, M. H. (2012). Grouping, pooling, and when bigger is better in visual crowding. Journal of Vision, 12(10): 1-14.
Pavan, A., Campana, G., Guerreschi, M., Manassi, M., & Casco, C. (2009). Separate motion-detecting mechanisms for first- and second-order patterns revealed by rapid forms of visual motion priming and motion aftereffect. Journal of Vision, 9(11), 27: 1-16.