James R. Pomerantz
Professor Emeritus of Psychological Sciences
Houston, Texas, USA
Member and former Chair of the Governing Board, the Psychonomic Society
Photo by Jeff Fitlow
EEG signatures for emergent features discovered. The Theory of Basic Gestalts claim that perceptual grouping and configural superiority arise from emergent features. Our 2018 Scientific Reports paper shows that those features can be found in brainwaves, an exciting new advance.
Rice students write better upon graduation than they did when they matriculated
A 2017 paper co-authored with Rice alum Danny Oppenheimer and others reporting what may be the first direct before-after comparison of writing skills in college students.
Psychology and the Real World, 2nd edition (2015)
False Pop Out Our 2015 paper showing that when we see a field of identical items that contains one different, unique item, it is sometimes one of the identical items that pops out as the odd one out.
Third Place, Best Illusion of the Year Contest, 2014: A Turn in the Road, demonstrating false popout in a new, dynamic display. With Kim Orsten; see Scientific American coverage