Stefan Uddenberg

Stefan Uddenberg

Principal Researcher

University of Chicago
Booth School of Business

About

Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Chicago Booth, working on questions of social perception (with Alex Todorov). My primary research program explores the default assumptions wired into the mind, especially in the context of perception. It turns out that what we see is a process of unconscious inferences, where we take into account not only the exact nature of the light entering our eyes, but also a set of assumptions about the source that most likely generated or reflected that light. It is now becoming possible to reveal the nature of these assumptions through various techniques. One of my favorite techniques is the method of serial reproduction — essentially the children’s game of ‘Broken Telephone’ — which I use to explore our default assumptions across several visual contexts, ranging from faces to intuitive physics.

Most recently, I’ve also been working on building new face perception models, such that we can generate hyper-realistic faces, and manipulate both synthetic and real faces along social traits of psychological interest.

Prior to joining Booth, I started out my postdoc at Princeton (still with Alex). Before that, I did my graduate work at Yale with Brian Scholl at the Perception & Cognition lab. I also spent time as a research assistant working with Won Mok Shim in the Visual Perception & Cognition Lab at Dartmouth College, which is also my undergraduate alma mater. I majored in Cognitive Science, Japanese Studies, and "A Cappella Studies". In my spare time, I also fight fake news.

Interests

  • Visual Cognition
  • Face Perception
  • Mental Defaults (aka priors)
  • Intuitive Physics
  • Visual Communication

Education

  • PhD in Cognitive Psychology, 2018

    Yale University

  • B.A. in Cognitive Science & Japanese Studies, 2011

    Dartmouth College

Publications

(2020). Paranoia as a deficit in non-social belief updating. eLife, 9, e56345.

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(2018). Teleface: Serial reproduction of faces reveals a whiteward bias in race memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(10), 1466-1487.

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(2016). Statistical learning of movement. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(16). _*Equal author contribution_.

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(2016). The automaticity of perceiving animacy: Goal-directed motion in simple shapes influences visuomotor behavior even when task-irrelevant. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(3), 797-802.

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(2015). Seeing the world through target-tinted glasses: Positive mood broadens perceptual tuning. Emotion, 15(3), 1931-1516.

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Manuscripts

Colombatto, C., Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. J. (under review). The efficiency of demography in face perception.

Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. J. (under review). Angrier = Blacker?: The influence of emotional expression on the representation of race in faces, measured with serial reproduction.

Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. J. (under review). Ten angry men: Serial reproduction reveals that angry faces are represented as more masculine.

Uddenberg, S., Newman, G. E., & Scholl, B. J. (under revision). Perceptual averaging in visual communication: Ensemble representations in the perception of scientific data in graphs.

Suthaharan, P., Reed, E. J., Leptourgos, P., Kenney, J., Uddenberg, S., Mathys, C. D., Litman, L., Robinson, J., Moss, A. J., Taylor, J. R., Groman, S. M., & Corlett, P. R. (under review). Paranoia and belief updating during the COVID-19 crisis.

Presentations and Invited Talks

Uddenberg, S., Kwak, J., & Scholl, B. (2021). Reconstructing physical representations of block towers in visual working memory. Poster presented at the 21st annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/24/21.

Uddenberg, S., Thompson, B., Vlasceanu, M., Griffiths, T. L., & Todorov, A. (2021). A face you can trust: Iterated learning reveals how stereotypes of facial trustworthiness may propagate in the absence of evidence. Talk given at Harvard University’s Cognitive, Brain, and Behavior Research Seminar Series, 04/01/21.

Uddenberg, S., Thompson, B., Vlasceanu, M., Griffiths, T. L., & Todorov, A. (2021). A face you can trust: Iterated learning reveals how stereotypes of facial trustworthiness may propagate in the absence of evidence. Talk given at the Johns Hopkins University Early Career Colloquium Series,03/17/21.
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Uddenberg, S., Thompson, B., Vlasceanu, M., Griffiths, T. L., & Todorov, A. (2020). A face you can trust: Iterated learning reveals how stereotypes of facial trustworthiness may propagate in the absence of evidence. Talk given at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Cognitive/Developmental Brownbag Series, 10/28/20.

Uddenberg, S., Thompson, B., Vlasceanu, M., Griffiths, T. L., & Todorov, A. (2020). A face you can trust: Iterated learning reveals how stereotypes of facial trustworthiness may propagate in the absence of evidence. Talk given at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Rising Scholars Conference, 10/27/20.

Uddenberg, S., Thompson, B., Vlasceanu, M., Griffiths, T. L., & Todorov, A. (2020). A face you can trust: Iterated learning reveals how stereotypes of facial trustworthiness may propagate in the absence of evidence. Poster presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 6/21/20.
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Kwak, J., Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. (2020). Will it fall?: Exploring the properties that mediate perceived physical instability. Poster presented at the 20th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 6/21/20.
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Uddenberg, S., Colombatto, C., & Scholl, B. (2019). The speed of demography in face perception. Poster presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/21/19, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Uddenberg, S., Newman, G. E., & Scholl, B. (2019). Ensemble representations in the perception of graphs. Talk given at the InfoVis x Vision Science satellite at the 19th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/20/19, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. (2018). Ten angry men: Serial reproduction of faces reveals that angry faces are represented as more masculine. Poster presented at the 18th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/20/18, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. (2017). “TeleFace”: Revealing default attractors in face space with serial reproduction. Talk given at the Vision Lunch Series, Stanford University, 7/23/17, Stanford, CA.

Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. (2017). Angrier = Blacker?: The influence of emotional expression on the representation of race in faces, measured with serial reproduction. Talk given at the 17th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/23/17, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Uddenberg, S., Newman, G., & Scholl, B. (2016). Perceptual averaging of scientific data: Implications of ensemble representations for the perception of patterns in graphs. Poster presented at the 16th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/16/16, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Ongchoco, J. D. K., Uddenberg, S., & Chun, M. M. (2016). Statistical learning of movement. Poster presented at the 16th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/16/16, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. (2015). Revealing mental defaults in face space with serial reproduction. Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/19/15, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Familiar, A., Uddenberg, S., & Shim, W. M. (2015). Positive affect reduces visual crowding. Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/17/15, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Guerin, S., Uddenberg, S., Johnson, M., & Chun, M. M. (2015). Decoding the temporal structure of perception and reflection. Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/18/15, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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van Buren, B., Uddenberg, S., & Scholl, B. (2015). The automaticity of perceiving animacy: Seeing goal-directed motion in simple shapes influences visuomotor behavior even when task-irrelevant. Poster presented at the 15th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/19/15, St. Pete Beach, FL.
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Shim, W.M., Uddenberg, S., & Lee, Y. S. (2013). Changing pitch modulates motion-direction information in V1. Talk given at the 13th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/12/13, Naples, FL.
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Uddenberg, S., & Shim, W. M. (2012). The influence of emotion on feature-based attention: positive emotion broadens perceptual tuning curves. Poster presented at the 12th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 5/11/12, Naples, FL.
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Contact

  • 5807 South Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637