Lily Turkstra

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Graduate Student



Michael Beyeler

Research Area

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience


Lily received her B.S. in Psychology with minors in Biology and Music from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 2022. There, she gained research experience with human psychophysics and altered cognitive functioning working in Dr. Laura Cacciamani’s Multisensory Perception Lab, and at NASA’s Behavioral Health and Performance Division. After graduating, Lily joined Dr. Michael Beyeler’s Bionic Vision Lab as a lab manager and assistant specialist, and will continue on as a PhD student in 2023.


Lily’s research interests include the neuropsychological components of vision loss, prosthetic vision rehabilitation strategies, and accessibility design. She frequently works with individuals who have artificial vision implants with the goal of further understanding the social and cognitive implications of these devices. Lily also conducts behavioral psychophysical research to examine how artificial visual perception may become more useful and intuitive through varying habilitation strategies.