Angela Brown


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338 W 10th Ave Room 558 Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

Dr. Angela M. Brown is an experimental psychologist who studies the sensory development of the human visual system. After a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology (Rutgers University, 1975), she studied visual sensation and perception in the departments of Psychology and Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1981, with a dissertation on human color vision. She completed her training with a postdoctoral year at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. and three years as a research scientist at the University of Washington.

Her primary area of research is visual development, and includes work on visual acuity, contrast sensitivity and contrast discrimination, infant color vision, and infant vernier acuity. She has recently received a major individual research grant from the National Eye Institute, in collaboration with Precision Vision., Inc., to develop the Newborn Acuity Cards and the Newborn Contrast Cards, for use on full-term and pre-term infants.

Her recent work, in collaboration with Dr. Gregory Hopkins and Dr. Bradley Dougherty of the College of Optometry, demonstrated the clinical usefulness of the Ohio Contrast Cards, which are a test of contrast sensitivity to be used in conjunction with the Teller Acuity Cards.

She also collaborates with Prof. Delwin T. Lindsey, of the Ohio State University Department of Psychology, in studies of the naming of colors by people around the world. So far, they have worked extensively on American English, Japanese, and Somali, and they have also studied the naming and understanding of colors by the Hadza people of Tanzania, one of the last remaining hunger-gatherer societies in the world.


  • The Galileo Award, 20000101
  • Certificate of appreciation, 19940101