Opportunity to Study Perceptual, Cognitive Processes of Cancer Image Interpretation

Psychological scientists can aid cancer imaging research with support from the National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has announced a new, integrative funding opportunity for psychological scientists studying perception and cognition. Researchers will work to improve the accuracy of cancer detection and diagnosis by studying the underlying interpretation of medical images.

As medical imaging continues to evolve from 2D imaging to more advanced 3D models, it becomes more important for the medical field to understand how the results will be processed. Despite all the advancements with imaging technology, the process still relies on a human observer to make the final decision. It becomes all the more important to understand how the imaging specialists interpret and read the results. NCI hopes to gain insight into how humans understand and perceive a 3D shape from 2D information, to better present volumetric information. Psychological scientists have a role to play in in the continued improvement of cancer screening and diagnoses.

The NCI funding opportunity states, “No matter how sophisticated our imaging technologies become, we still rely on human observers to make the final decision. It is thus critical to understand how radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer image observers process and interact with the images they are called upon to interpret.”  

According to NCI, successful applications will focus on the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms of the cancer imaging rather than a descriptive study. Projects that address international cancer image interpretation are encouraged.

Application budgets are not limited but must reflect the actual needs of the project. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2020.

To learn more about National Cancer Institute funding for perception and cognition of cancer imaging, visit the funding announcement by clicking here.

APS recommends speaking with APS Fellow Todd Horowitz (todd.horowitz@nih.gov), NIH Program Director and the scientific contact for this funding opportunity, prior to submitting an application.

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