Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker, Ph.D.
Scientist
Human Factors
Philadelphia

Dr. Baker is a cognitive scientist with expertise in human vision. He has published peer reviewed research on the topics of developmental psychology, vision science, memory and cognitive abilities over the lifespan. These publications include data collected from participants who range in age from infants to elderly adults. He has worked as a research scientist for the US military and has worked as an application specialist for a leading eye tracking company where he advised clients on the use and implementation of infrared eye tracking techniques.

Dr. Baker has over 16 years of experience conducting human subject’s research on a variety of topics from vision perception to cognitive abilities and decline in elderly adults. He has experience working with clinical populations with Alzheimer’s disease, and working on projects that investigated the effects of repetitive head injury. He has utilized multiple research methods from traditional cognitive and personality testing to video based infrared eye tracking and electro-encephalogram (EEG) techniques. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Baker earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at York University in Toronto, ON Canada. His graduate work included research on the development of object perception in infants and the developmental time course of processing speed. After graduating, Dr. Baker went on to a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Indiana University School of Optometry where he conducted electrophysiological research on the development of the infant visual system. Dr. Baker has taught psychology courses at several universities in the United States. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, York University, Canada, 2007
  • M.A., Applied Psychological Research, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
  • B.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2002

Publications

Baker TJ, Norcia AM, Candy TR. Orientation tuning in the primary visual cortex of 3- month-old infants. Vision Research 2011; 51:470-478.

Baker TJ, Tse J, Gerhardstein PC, Adler SA. Contour integration by 6-month-old infants: Discrimination of distinct contour shapes. Vision Research 2008;48:136-148.

Baker TJ, Bichsel J. Personality predictors of intelligence: Differences between young and cognitively healthy older adults. Personality and Individual Differences 2006; 41:861-871.

Baker TJ, Graybeal L, Barrett AM. Internally-generated memory testing: Results of repeated test administration. Experimental Aging Research 2006; 32:447-460.

Gilmore RO, Baker TJ, Grobman KH. Stability in young infants’ discrimination of optic flow. Developmental Psychology 2004; 40:259-270.

Presentations

Carr W, LoPresti ML, Mahfouz S, Taylor M, Yarnell AM, Baker TJ, Aurich L, Walilko T, McCarron RM, Kamimori GH. Assessments of vestibular system effects in humans following acute exposure to explosive blast. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of Military Health Systems Research Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 2015.

Baker TJ, Yu C, Candy TR, Smith LB, Kim S. Eye, head and hand coordination in 16-to 36-month-old infants. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2009.

Bakert TJ, Yu C, Candy TR, Smith LB. Active vision and eye-head coordination in 14-to-38-month-old toddlers. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO, April 2009.

Bichsel J, Baker TJ. Personality predictors of intelligence in old age: test-retest stability at two years. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, August 2008.

Baker TJ, Adler SA. Saccadic reaction times and speed of information processing development. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2008.

Candy TR, Baker TJ, Norcia AM. Orientation tuning in the primary visual cortex of human infants. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2008.

Tse J, Baker T, Adler S, Gerhardstein P. The role of awareness in saccadic conditioning. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 2007.

Adler SA, Baker TJ. A new paradigm for measuring perceptual discriminations: Evidence from contour integration and face discrimination studies. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA, March 2007.

Bichsel J, Baker T. Personality predictors of intelligence in the young, the old, and the cognitively superior old. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting, American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA, August 2006.

Adler SA, Baker TJ. Infants’ sensitivity to variability in face configuration. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2006.

Baker TJ, Tse J, Gerhardstein PC, Adler SA. Six-month-old infants’ ability to detect contours. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2006.

Baker TJ, Adler SA, Tse J, Gerhardstein P. Contour integration in 6-month-old infants. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Object Perception, Attention, and Memory Conference meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada, November 2005.

Baker TJ, Adler SA, Tse J, Gerhardstein P. Can 6-month-old infants integrate individual elements to discriminate contours? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2005.

Baker TJ, Bichsel J. Cognitive abilities in high functioning older adults: Sex differences and factor structure. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL, May 2004.

Baker TJ, Graybeal L, Barrett AM. Self-generated material for recall: Effect of repeated test administration. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Baltimore, MD, February 2004.

Gilmore RO & Baker TJ. Do enriched visual displays enhance infants’ discrimination of optic flow patterns simulating self-motion? Poster presented at the Annual Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Sarasota, FL, May 2002.

Prior Experience

Eye Tracking Application Specialist, Sensomotoric Instruments, Boston, MA 2016-2017

Research Scientist, Clinical RM, Silver Spring, MD, 2015-2016

Vision Scientist, TASC, Inc., San Antonio, TX, 2011-2014

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Indiana University School of Optometry, Bloomington, IN, 2007-2011

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Cephalagia

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Psychology, York University, Canada, 2007
  • M.A., Applied Psychological Research, Pennsylvania State University, 2004
  • B.S., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2002