Thomas Albright, PhD

Professor and Director

Vision Center Laboratory

Conrad T. Prebys Chair in Vision Research

Tom Albright
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos


Keeping innocent people out of jail using the science of perception

LA JOLLA—People wrongfully accused of a crime often wait years—if ever—to be exonerated. Many of these wrongfully accused cases stem from unreliable eyewitness testimony. Now, Salk scientists have identified a new way of presenting a lineup to an eyewitness that could improve the likelihood that the correct suspect is identified and reduce the number of innocent people sentenced to jail. Their report is published in Nature Communications on July 14, 2020. Read more »


BS, Psychology, University of Maryland
PhD, Psychology and Neuroscience, Princeton University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University


Awards & Honors

  • National Commission on Forensic Science Commissioner, 2015-2017
  • Indian Institute of Science Visiting Centenary Professor, 2011-2013
  • Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) President, 2013
  • National Academy of Sciences Member, 2008
  • American Academy of Arts And Sciences Fellow, 2003
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 2009
  • Neurosciences Research Program Associate, 2006
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, 1997-2006
  • National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research, 1995
  • McKnight Neuroscience Development Award, 1991
  • Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1989