Photo of Steven Shevell
Steven K. Shevell Office: BPSB 125D | Lab: BPSB 112 Phone: (773) 702-8842 | Lab: (773) 702-9412 Email Interests:

Human vision (especially color vision); mathematical psychology

Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology and Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Steven Shevell is a professor of Psychology and of Ophthalmology & Visual Science and a faculty member in the graduate program in Computational Neuroscience. His laboratory is in the University’s Institute for Mind and Biology, where he also was the Institute's Director from 2014-2020. He received an undergraduate degree in psychology and an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University; and an M.A. in statistics and Ph.D. in mathematical psychology from the University of Michigan.

He was the founding associate editor of the Journal of Vision , a senior editor of Vision Research, the editor of the Optical Society of America's most recent edition of The Science of Color, and a past-president of the Vision Sciences Society.


  • Neuroscience of Seeing (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Sensation and Perception (undergraduate)
  • Experimental Design I & II (graduate)

Recent Research / Recent Publications

Selected Publications

Kim I., Hong S. W., Shevell S. K. and Shim W. M. (2020) Neural representations of perceptual color experience emerge along the human visual hierarchy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 13145-13150.

Brascamp J. W. and Shevell S. K. (2021) The certainty of ambiguity in visual neural representations. Annual Review of Vision Science, 7, 465-486.

Zhang B., Slezak E., Wang W. and Shevell S. K. (2021) Binocularly-driven competing neural responses and the perceptual resolution of color. Journal of Vision, 21(10):15, 1–19.

Sutterer D. W., Coia A. J., Sun V., Shevell S. K. and Awh E. (2021) Decoding chromaticity and luminance from patterns of EEG activity. Psychophysiology, 58:e13779, 1-21.

Lee S. M., Slezak E. and Shevell S. K. (2022) Ambiguity is a linking feature for interocular grouping. Journal of Vision, 22(11):12, 1–15.