Heida Maria Sigurdardottir | Dept. of Psych. | Uni. Iceland | 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

Education

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Emphasis: Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience, Brown University (2013). Advisor: Prof. David L. Sheinberg. Thesis title: Objects in space.

B.A. in Psychology, summa cum laude, University of Iceland (2005). Advisor: Prof. Arni Kristjansson. Thesis title: Ahrif sjonraennar eftirtektar: Eru thau misjoefn eftir thvi hvert hun beinist? [Trans. The effects of visual attention: Do they depend on the location within the visual field?]

Awards & Grants

2017: Project Grant, Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) on behalf of the Icelandic Research Fund (as Principal Investigator). Dyslexia and high-level vision. Grant number: 174013-051. Total amount granted in 2017: 7.791 million ISK.

2016: Icelandic Student Innovation Fund Award (as advisor). Hlutlćgur mćlikvarđi á upplýsingar í myndbrotum og áhrif ţeirra á hlutakennsl hjá fólki međ lesblindu [An objective measure of information in image fragments and its effect on object recognition for people with dyslexia]: 1.4 million ISK.

2015: Young Promising Scientist Award, Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture.

2014-2017: Postdoctoral Grant, Recruitment Fund of the University of Iceland.

2007-2010: International Fulbright Science and Technology Award. The Fulbright S&T is designed to be the most prestigious international scholarship in science and technology. I am the only Icelandic scientist to date to receive this award. The award is an estimated 202,500 dollars.

2007: YOSCIWEB (Young people and their images of science on websites). As part of my work at the Icelandic Web of Science, I partook in preparing a grant application for YOSCIWEB, a multi-national collaborative research project on the social representation of science and scientists. The project was funded 500,000 euros, or about 75.8 million ISK, through the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (Thematic Priority: Science in Society; project number: 217728).

2005: Kaupthing Bank, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies.

2004: Icelandic Student Innovation Fund Award (as student).

Publications

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (in press). Lateral intraparietal region (LIP). In J. Vonk & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. New York: Springer.

Sigurdardottir, H. M., & Gardarsdottir, O. (in press). Backlash in gender equality? Fathers’ parental leave during a time of economic crisis. Journal of European Social Policy.

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Danielsdottir, H. B.*, Gudmundsdottir, M.*, Hjartarson, K. H.*, Thorarinsdottir, E. A.*, & Kristjánsson, Á. (2017). Problems with visual statistical learning in developmental dyslexia. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 606. *These authors contributed equally and are listed in alphabetical order.

[2015: Parental leave]

Sigurdardottir, H. M., & Gauthier, I. (2015). Expertise and object recognition. In A. W. Toga (Ed.), Brain Mapping (pp. 523-527). Oxford, UK: Elsevier. [publisher fulltext] [ResearchGate fulltext]

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Ivarsson, E., Kristinsdottir, K., & Kristjansson, A. (2015). Impaired recognition of faces and objects in dyslexia: Evidence for ventral stream dysfunction? Neuropsychology, 29(5) 739-750. [journal webpage] [journal fulltext] [ResearchGate fulltext]

Sigurdardottir, H. M. & Sheinberg, D. L. (2015). The effects of short-term and long-term learning on the responses of lateral intraparietal neurons to visually presented objects. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(7) 1360-1375. [journal webpage] [journal fulltext] [ResearchGate fulltext]

Brooks, D. I.*, Sigurdardottir, H. M.*, & Sheinberg, D. L. (2014). The neurophysiology of attention and object recognition in visual scenes. In K. Kveraga & M. Bar (Eds.), Scene Vision: Making Sense of What We See. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. *These authors contributed equally and are listed in alphabetical order. [book webpage] [ResearchGate fulltext]

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Michalak, S. M., & Sheinberg, D. L. (2014). Shape beyond recognition: Form-derived directionality and its effects on visual attention and motion perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(1), 434-454. [journal webpage] [APA PeePs (Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology)] [journal fulltext] [supplemental material] [ResearchGate fulltext]

[2009-2010: Parental leave]

Kristjansson, A. & Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2008). On the benefits of transient attention across the visual field. Perception, 37(5) 747-764. [journal webpage] [journal fulltext] [ResearchGate fulltext]

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Kristjansson, A. & Driver, J. (2008). Repetition streaks increase perceptual sensitivity in visual search of brief displays. Visual Cognition, 16(5) 643-658. [journal webpage] [journal fulltext] [ResearchGate fulltext]

Presentations

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Fridriksdottir, L. E., Gudjonsdottir, S., & Kristjansson, A. (2017). Developmental dyslexia and potential deficits of experience-driven visual processing. Vision Sciences Society Meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2017). Kynning á nýlegri rannsókn á mögulegum ţćtti sjónskynjunar í lestrarörđugleikum [Trans. Presentation of new results on the possible role of visual factors in reading problems]. Textinn, kvíđavaldur lesblindra barna: Conference hosted by the Icelandic Dyslexia Association.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2017). Brains for dummies. Neuroscience in Business Meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2017). Education and research. Fulbright Meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2017). The VisDys project: Vision and dyslexia. Conference on Research in Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2016). Jćja SKVÍS. Samtök kvenna í vísindum/Icelandic Association of Women in the Sciences.

Gudjonsdottir, S., Fridriksdottir, L. E., & Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2016). Sertaeki skynordugleika lesblindra einstaklinga [Trans. Specificity of perceptual problems of dyslexic readers]. Menntakvika.

Kristjansson, A., Danielsdottir, H. B., Gudmundsdottir, M., Hjartarson, K. H., Thorarinsdottir, E. A., and Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2016). Dyslexics show deficiencies in visual statistical learning: Evidence for a high-level visual processing deficit in dyslexia. Vision Sciences Society Meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Ivarsson, E., Kristinsdottir, K., & Kristjansson, A. (2016). Is dyslexia due to deficits in high-level visual processing? Face and object recognition problems in dyslexia. Vision Sciences Society Meeting.

Kristjansson, A., Danielsdottir, H. B., Gudmundsdottir, M., Hjartarson, K. H., Thorarinsdottir, E. A., and Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2016). Truflun a sjonraenu likindanami i lesblindu? [Trans. An impairment of visual statistical learning in dyslexia?] Icelandic Psychological Association Meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Ivarsson, E., Kristinsdottir, K., & Kristjansson, A. (2016). Lesblinda: Roskun a sjonraenum hlutakennslum? [Trans. Dyslexia: An impairment of visual object recognition?] Icelandic Psychological Association Meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. and Gardarsdottir, O. (2015). Fathers' parental leave. Nordic Family Policy and Demographic Consequences meeting.

Gardarsdottir, O. & Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2015). Throun faedingarorlofstoku kvenna og samspil faedingarorlofstoku fedra og maedra 2003-2011. Thjodarspegillinn. View Abstract

[2015: Parental leave]

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Ivarsson, E., Kristinsdottir, K., & Kristjansson, A. (2015) Disruption of visual object and facial recognition in dyslexia: A ventral visual stream dysfunction? Conference on Research in Biomedical and Health Sciences. View Abstract

Gardarsdottir, O. & Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2014). Implications of changes in the law on paternal and maternal leave in Iceland during the period 2001-2011. Thjodarspegillinn. View Abstract

Gardarsdottir, O. & Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2014). A way of promoting gender equality? Sharing of parental leave between fathers and mothers. European Population Conference. View EPS 2014 Poster

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2014). Invited talk: The man machine. Nordic Network on Philosophy of Medicine and Medical Ethics meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2013). Invited talk: Er athyglin i lagi? Lag hluta, sjonraen athygli og samspilid thar a milli [Trans. Paying attention to shape: The interaction between the form of objects and visual attention]. Icelandic Society for Neuroscience meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2012). The invariant eye. Perceptual Expertise Network meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Michalak, S. M., & Sheinberg, D. L. (2012). Shape beyond recognition: How object form biases spatial attention and motion perception. Vision Sciences Society meeting. View VSS 2012 Poster

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2011). Taking directions from shape. Perceptual Expertise Network meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. & Sheinberg, D. L. (2010). The functional role of LIP shape selectivity. Society for Neuroscience meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M., Tarr, M., & Sheinberg, D. L. (2010). Origins of shape selectivity in the lateral intraparietal area (LIP). Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. & Sheinberg, D. L. (2010). Origins of shape selectivity in the lateral intraparietal area (LIP). Vision Sciences Society meeting.

[2009-2010: Parental leave]

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2008). Representing the visual world: Perception and action in monkeys and humans. Fulbright Science and Technology meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2008). Representations and their role in actions. Perceptual Expertise Network meeting.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2007-present). Several presentations at University of Iceland, Brown University and Brown-NIH seminars. View Gender and Science (2013) Presentation

Teaching

2017: Lecturer, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Work Methods in Psychological Studies.

2015: Lecturer, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Perception and Cognition A. Major restructuring of class (new textbook, new papers, new field – neuroscience instead of cognitive science).

[2015 Parental leave]

2014: Lecturer, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Introduction to Psychology.

2014: Lecturer, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Perception and Cognition A.

[2009-2010: Parental leave]

2009: Teaching assistant for Prof. John Stein, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. Course: Experimental Neurobiology.

2005: Lecturer, Hamrahlid College, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Introduction to Psychology. Sole responsibility for class; curriculum development.

2005: Teaching assistant for Prof. Arni Kristjansson, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Sensation and Perception.

2004: Teaching assistant for Prof. Joergen L. Pind, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Cognitive Psychology.

2004: Teaching assistant for Prof. Gudmundur B. Arnkelsson, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Methodology and Statistics II.

Other teaching:

  • 2017: R Data Camp, materials provided by DataCamp.com.
  • 2014-2015: Invited lectures, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Course: Perception and Cognition B.
  • Private methodology and statistics consulting for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.
  • Taught science writing courses for gifted children at the Icelandic Web of Science.
  • Taught science writing summer courses for young people at the University of Iceland.
  • Taught a course on sensation and perception for the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Iceland.
  • Assisted and mentored teenagers with several disabilities, such as autism, ADHD, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, speech deficits, and mental retardation, at the Reykjavik Municipal Work School.
  • Taught at Graenatun Kindergarten and Efstihjalli Kindergarten, mentored children with special needs.

Other relevant experience

2013: Research Methodologist, Educational Research Institute, University of Iceland.

2013: Research Associate in Neuroscience, Brown University.

2005-2007: Junior editor, Icelandic Web of Science, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Edited and wrote hundreds of popular science articles, taught courses, media appearance (radio, TV). Participated in writing a grant for YOSCIWEB (Young people and the images of science on websites), project no. 217728, funding scheme: EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Thematic Priority: Science in Society.

2005-2009: Organizer, public science outreach nights with invited speakers. On behalf of Res Extensa.

2007: Organizer and fundraiser, Truirdu oellu sem ther er sagt? Radstefna um gagnryna hugsun og gagnrynisleysi. [Trans. Do you believe everything you are told? A conference on critical thinking and the lack thereof.] University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. On behalf of Res Extensa.

2007: Founding member, Icelandic Society for Neuroscience.

2005: First president and founding member, Res Extensa: Association for Mind, Brain, and Behavior, Iceland.

2004: Project manager, Social Science Research Institute. Data analysis and translations, including analysis of large national surveys.

Service

2008-2017: Student supervision. Brown University: Jordan Shaw, Luc Amdahl, Michelle Schnayder, Paula Sanzovo, Sara Sunshine, Stacey Bjorgaard, Suzanne Michalak. University of Iceland: Anna Sigridur Valgeirsdottir, Elin Astros Thorarinsdottir, Eysteinn Ivarsson, Hilda Bjork Danielsdottir, Hilma Omarsdottir, Kristjan Helgi Hjartarson, Kristjana Kristinsdottir, Liv Elisabet Fridriksdottir, Margret Gudmundsdottir, Sigridur Gudjonsdottir, Sigrun Erla Sveinsdottir, Gudbjorn Larus Gudmundsson, Anna Sigridur Valgeirsdottir, Hilma Ros Omarsdottir, Alexandra Arnardottir, Eydis Thuridur Halldorsdottir.

2015-2016: Administration of Young Academics, an interdisciplinary seminar for scholars of all areas of the University of Iceland.

2015: University of Iceland strategic planning group (university policy development 2016-2021).

2015: Postdoctoral work group within FEDON (Félag Doktorsnema og Nýdoktora viđ Háskóla Íslands; oversees discussions with unions, funding bodies, and universities on behalf of postdoctoral researchers). Negotiated salary increases for postdoctoral researchers at the University of Iceland.

2012-2013: Organizer, Neurons and Neural Circuits Journal Club, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, RI.

2011: Web administrator, Icelandic Society for Neuroscience.

2004-2005: Advisor of education, Psychology Students' Association, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2003-2004: Board member, Psychology Students' Association, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Programming experience

MATLAB, TCL, C++, Java, R, JavaScript, Python.

Science Communication: Written Works (incomplete list)

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2015). Eru lesblindir med minni ordaforda heldur en adrir? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2015). Hvert er islenska ordid yfir cingulate gyrus og eru til islensk heiti yfir oll thessi svaedi i heilanum? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2014). Samruni manns og velar. Kjarninn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2014). Hvernig a ad finna tyndu bornin? Kjarninn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2014). Eru allir hlutar heilans lifsnaudsynlegir? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2014). Hvers vegna getum vid ekki stjornad ollu taugakerfinu med viljanum? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2012). Hvernig get eg laert taugavisindi og ordid taugavisindamadur a Islandi? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2011). Hver er Antonio Damasio og hvernig hefur hann rannsakad ahrif tilfinninga a hegdun? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2011). Hver er Howard Gardner og hvert er framlag hans til salfraedhi og menntamala? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2007). Er satt adh madhur geti ordhidh gedhveikur af thvi adh spila a glerhoerpu? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2007). Geta hljodh eins og I-Doser valdidh vimu edha oedhrum jafnvel skadhlegum ahrifum a hugarstarf og lidhan? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2007). Af hverju er madhur lesblindur? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Af hverju er svona mikill munur a utliti og personuleika folks? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Af hverju eru "herar" hafdhir medh i langhlaupum i frjalsum ithrottum? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Af hverju faer madhur onotatilfinningu thegar madhur heyrir sum iskurhljodh? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). A hvadha tidhnisvidhi heyrir madhurinn best? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Ef heilum hunds og kattar yrdhi vixladh, hvort mundi koetturinn medh hundsheilann gelta edha mjalma? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Er haegt adh heyra haridh og neglurnar vaxa? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Er til sjukdomur sem veldur thvi adh madhur ser adheins i svarthvitu? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Er thadh ekki oerugglega rett adh vidh notum adheins 10% heilans? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Er thadh satt adh likur saeki likan heim? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Getum vidh munadh eftir einhverju sem gerdhist i lifi okkar fyrir thriggja ara aldur? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hvadh akvedhur nakvaemlega tonhaedh hvers tons? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hvadh eru til margar gerdhir af salfraedhi? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hver er munurinn a jakvaedhri og neikvaedhri styrkingu? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hver er munurinn a salfraedhingum og gedhlaeknum? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hverjir eru 5 bestu haskolar i heimi og hvadh kostar adh stunda thar nam? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hverjir eru helstu salraenu varnarhaettirnir? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hvernig ma skilgreina hugtakidh thydhi og hvadh greinir thadh fra urtaki? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hvernig skynjum vidh medh hudhinni? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hversu haa einkunn er moegulega haegt adh fa i greindaprofi? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hversu haa greindarvisitoelu tharf manneskja adh hafa til adh geta gengidh i Mensa? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hversu mikill hluti heilans er enn orannsakadhur? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hvort er taladh um adh folk se einhverft edha innhverft? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Hvort notar madhur frekar haegra edha vinstra heilahvelidh vidh notnalestur? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2006). Til hvers voru salskurdhlaekningar eins og lobotomia notadhar? Visindavefurinn.

Gudmundsson, A. F., Hoskuldsson, K. S. and Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Vinna salfraedhingar eingoengu vidh medhferdh? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Af hverju ganga sumir i svefni? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Af hverju faer folk faelni (fobiur) og hvadha medhferdh er haegt adh beita vidh henni? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Af hverju faer madhur verk fyrir brjostidh thegar manni sarnar? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Af hverju nota salfraedhingar svartar klessumyndir og spyrja sjuklingana ut i thaer? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Dreymir folk virkilega i svart-hvitu? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Dromasyki - Svefnrofaloemun (e. narcolepsy). Doktor.is.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Ef madhur elur stelpu upp eins og hun vaeri strakur, mundi hun tha ekkert vita og haga ser eins og strakur? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Er einhver aldurs- og kynjamunur a stridhni barna? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Er eitthvadh adh marka ahugasvidhsprof? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Er jafnvaegisskynidh ef til vill sjoetta skilningarvitidh? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Getur folk sem missir utlim enn fundidh fyrir honum thott hann vanti? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hafa tilgatur Howards Gardners um fjoelgreindir veridh sannadhar? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh er dromasyki? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh er skynheild (Gestalt) og hvernig tengist hun salarfraedhi? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh er sjonblekking? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh er tilraunasalfraedhi, hvadh er rannsakadh i theirri grein og hvert fer madhur adh laera hana? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh er ofskynjun og hvernig er hun framkoelludh medh efnum a bordh vidh LSD? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh eru taugabodh og hvernig verka thau? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh getidh thidh sagt mer um andaglas? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvadh tharf adh gera til adh fa starfsrettindi sem salfraedhingur a Islandi? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hver er greindarvisitala medhalmanneskju og hvenaer er hun ordhin oedhlilega lag edha ha? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hver er munurinn a heila karla og kvenna? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hver var Francis Galton? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvernig er best adh laera undir prof? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvernig lysir thadh ser adh vera medh oflaeti edha maniu? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvernig verka skilningarvitin fimm (sjon, heyrn, snerting, bragdh og lykt)? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvernig verkar thessi skynvilla? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvernig verkar thrividd i biomyndum? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvers vegna er daleidhsla ekki notudh i domsal? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvers vegna sofum vidh? Visindavefurinn.

Sigurdardottir, H. M. (2005). Hvers vegna verdhur mannfolkidh sifellt gafadhra? Visindavefurinn.