Neuroscience Graduate Program

G. John Andersen

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G. John Andersen

Professor of Psychology


My research is concerned with understanding the perceptual, attentional, and cognitive limitations in the performance of complex perceptual tasks. This work has two primary directions. One direction is concerned with examing perceptual tasks associated with driving performance, with a particular focus on predicting and preventing accident risk among older drivers. To address this issue we have conducted experiments examining a wide range of perceptual tasks (e.g., steering control, collision avoidance, visual search) using a driving simulator. Our current research is examining the effectiveness of cognitive, perceptual, and attentional measures as predictors for decreased driving skill for the elderly. The second direction is concerned with examining tasks associated with the perception of scenes. My research on this issue has included examining limitations in attention in three-dimensional displays and the role of texture in the perception of objects in scenes.


  • Andersen, G.J. & Braunstein, M.L. (In press). Effects of scene attributes on the perception of 3D surfaces. Proceedings of the International Society for Psychophysics.
  • Andersen, G.J., Cisneros, J., Saidpour, A., & Atchley, P. (In press). Aging and the detection of collision events. Vision and Vehicles VI.
  • Atchely, P., Andersen, G.J., & Wuestefeld, P.A. (In press). Cooperativity and 3D surface detection from optic flow. Perception & Psychophysics.
  • Atchley, P., Kramer, A.F., Andersen, G.J., & Theewes, J. (In press). Spacial cuing in a stereoscopic display: Evidence for a 'depth-aware' attentional focus. Psychological Bulletin and Review.
  • Andersen, G.J. & Atchley, P.A. (1997). Smoothness of the velocity field and the detection of three-dimensional surfaces from optic flow. Perception & Psychophysics, 59, 358-369.
  • Dyre, B. P. & Andersen, G.J. (1997). Perception of heading: Effects of conflicting velocity magnitude and trajectory information. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 23, 546-565.
  • Turner, J., Braunstein, M.L., & Andersen, G.J. (1997). Relationship between binocular disparity and motion parallax in surface detection. Perception & Psychophysics, 59, 370-380.
  • Andersen, G.J. (1996). The detection of 3-D smooth surfaces from optic flow. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 22, 945-957.
  • Kramer, A.F., Martin-Emerson, R., Larish, J.F., & Andersen, G.J. (1996). Aging and filtering by movement in visual search. Journal of Gerontology SeriesB-Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 51, 201-216.
  • Andersen, G.J. (1995). Classification of visual processes for the control posture and locomotion. In T. Mergner (Ed.), Multisensory control of posture and locomotion. London: Plenum Press.
  • Andersen, G.J. & Atchley, P.A. (1995). Age related differences in the detection of 3D surfaces from optic flow. Psychology and Aging, 10, 650-658.
  • Atchley, P.A. & Andersen, G.J. (1995). Discrimination of velocity distributions: Sensitivity to statistical properties. Vision Research, 42, 212-223.
  • Larish, J.F. & Andersen, G.J. (1995). Active control in interrupted dynamic spatial orientation: The detection of orientation change. Perception & Psychophysics, 57, 533-545.
  • Turner, J., Braunstein, M.L., & Andersen, G.J. (1995). Detection of surfaces in structure from motion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 21, 809-821.
  • Visit the UCR Cognitive Science Technical Report List to learn more about the research being done in the Cognitive area of the UCR Psychology Department.

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