Professor Tony Ro completed his undergraduate training in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. While there, he worked with the late Professor Irvin Rock examining the influence of attention on visual perception. Much of this work has appeared in Inattentional Blindness (MIT Press), by Mack and Rock. He also was involved with studies investigating the dependency on orientation in shape perception.
For his graduate training, he worked with Professor Robert Rafal in the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis and at the VA Medical Center, Martinez. There, he conducted studies aimed at understanding the neural basis for attention and perception. Towards the end of his graduate training, he became interested in the links between attention, perception, and eye movements.
As a postdoctoral fellow at the University College London, working with the late Professor Jon Driver and Professor Nilli Lavie, he did research on face perception and attention as part of a Human Frontiers Science Program project.
In the fall of 1999, he became an Assistant Professor and then in 2003 an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rice University. In the fall of 2008, he moved to The City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is a Professor in the Department of Psychology. His laboratory is investigating the cognitive and neuronal architecture involved in attention, perception, and action.