Cheryl A. Olman

University of Minnesota
Department of Psychology
N218 Elliott Hall
75 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN   55455


Post-doctoral fellow, Center for Neural Science, New York University (2004-2005)
Mentor: David Heeger.
Primary projects: quantification of distortion and SNR in high-resolution functional brain imaging at 3T; surround suppression in V1 (psychophysical and functional imaging investigation).

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota (2003).
Committee: Daniel Kersten, Kamil Ugurbil, Sheng He, Guillermo Sapiro
Thesis: Natural image coding in early visual areas: functional magnetic resonance imaging and psychophysical studies of the human visual system

B.S. in Physics, Michigan State University (1995).

Job Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota (2012 - ).
Research interests: accurate localization of visual responses using fMRI at 3T and 7T; heterogeneity of BOLD response in early visual areas; image distortion and signal loss in EPI-based functional MRI; modulation of early visual responses by task, attention, and context.

Assistant professor, Departments of Psychology and Radiology, University of Minnesota (2005 - 2011).

Research associate, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota
Mentor: Kamil Ugurbil.
Project: Determination of point spread function for gradient and spin echo BOLD fMRI at 7T.

Research Physicist, Fiber Optics Laboratory, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN (1996 - 1999).
Optical testing for fiber optic devices ranging from large-core plastic neon alternative devices to parallel communications fiber optic connectors.

Research Physicist, PhotoControl, Minneapolis, MN (1995 - 1996).
Part-time lens design and manufacturing quality control for photoprinting manufacturing company.

Publications and Intellectual Property

Refereed Journal Articles:    See ORCID site for up-to-date list of publications

Book chapters

Pardo, J., Olman, C. A., Pardo, P. (2008). “Imaging and Psychiatry,” Ch. 38 in Medical Basis of Psychiatry, Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ.

Olman, C. A. & Walsh, L. C. (in press). “Making sense of what neuroimaging has to say about ASD and writing.” In Walsh, L. C. & Gerstle, V. (Eds.), Helping students with autism spectrum disorders succeed in the college composition classroom: assessment, accommodation and pedagogy. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press.

Patents for optical devices, assigned to 3M Company, St. Paul, Minnesota:

U.S. Patent No. 6123442: Articles with diffuse reflection of light from light fibers. Inventors: David G. Freier; Cheryl A. (Vrieze) Olman. Issued September 26, 2000.

U.S. Patent No. 6821007: Shallow depth backlit illuminated signage. Inventors: Cheryl A. Olman, Kristen M. Schroeder, Robert H. Lowe. Issued November 23, 2004.

Invited Talks

“Does high-field, high-resolution fMRI offer any advantages for perception research?”, University of Giessen, Germany, October 14, 2015.

“Functional MRI cannot single-handedly discover novel aspects of visual information encoding in the human brain”, PRISM Conference, Leuven, Netherlands, October 6-8, 2015.

“Can we make useful inferences about neuronal responses from fMRI data?”, MIND Research Network, Albuquerque, NM, March 20, 2015.

“Functional MRI cannot single-handedly discover novel aspects of visual information encoding in the human brain”, Vision Symposium, University of Minnesota, April 10, 2015.

“Separating different contributions to the BOLD response”, UMRAM, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, October, 2013.

“Diversity in the Neural Code: Which Activity Are We Trying to Infer?”, Minnesota High-field Workshop, U of M Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, Minneapolis, MN, October, 2011.

“Perception is relative: Behavioral, computational, and imaging studies of contextual modulation of low-level visual representations,” Biology Department Colloquium Series, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI, September, 2011.

“Snow and Ice: self-similarity and roughness,” gallery talk as part of the Special Guests series, sponsored by the Minneapolis Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. (June 16, 2011).

“Detailed measurements of early visual responses using fMRI at 7 Tesla,” Section on Functional Imaging Methods, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, (December 2009).

"Human Neuroscience Applications at 7T," ISMRM Workshop on High-Field Applications, Rome, Italy (October 2008).

"fMRI: Do We See What We Want to See?" Graduate Women In Science, chapter meeting (April 2006).

"Ethics of Neuroimaging," Mid-Brains Conference, MacAlester College, St Paul, MN (April 2007).






© 2008, C. A. Olman
date of last update: December 2015