Papers/Presentations

2017

Oppenheimer, D., Zaromb, F., Pomerantz, J. R., Williams, J. C., & Park, Y. S. (2017) Improvement of writing skills during college: A multi-year cross-sectional and longitudinal study of undergraduate writing performance. Assessing Writing, 32 (April), 12-27.

2015

Orsten-Hooge, K. D., Portillo, M.C., and Pomerantz, J. R. (2015) False Pop Out. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 6 (Online First version). doi: 10.1037/xhp0000077

Pomerantz, J. R. & Gernsbacher, M. A. (2015). Psychology and the real world: An introduction. In Gernsbacher, M. A. & Pomerantz, J. R. (Eds,), Psychology and the real world, Second edition: Essays illustrating fundamental contributions to society. New York: Worth Publishers.

Gernsbacher, M.A. & Pomerantz, J.R. (2015). Psychology and the real world, Second edition: Essays illustrating fundamental contributions to society. New York: Worth Publishers.

2014

Kim Orsten presenting; winners announced; Jim and Kim with award.

Kim Orsten presenting; winners announced; Jim and Kim with award.

Orsten, Kimberley and Pomerantz, J. R. A Turn in the Road.  3rd Place Winner, Best Illusion of the Year Contest, May 18, 2014.

Pomerantz, J. R. (2014). The Experience Error and the Pitfalls of Psychopsychology. WIREs Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1302

Orsten, K.D. and Pomerantz, J.R. Is False Pop Out Really Pop Out? Evidence from RT functions. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, Florida USA, May 20, 2014

Pomerantz, J.R., Qiang, B., Austin, A., and Orsten, K.D. Target Localization Responses Diagnose Emergent Features in Singleton Pop Out. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, Florida USA, May 20, 2014

2013

Mind, Brain & Reality.  Video of a speed talk presented in the “Power of Ideas” series, Scientia, Rice University, January 22, 2013.

Pomerantz, J. R. & Cragin, A. I. (2013).  Emergent Features and Feature Combination.  In Wagemans, J. (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Perceptual Organization.  Oxford University Press.

Orsten, K.D. & Pomerantz, J.R.  Pure False Pop Out.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 29, 2013.

Orsten, K.D. & Pomerantz, J. R.  False Pop Out and “Anti-metamers”.  Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida USA, May 13, 2013.

Cragin, A. I. & Pomerantz, J. R.  Emergent Features Help Resolve Ambiguous Apparent Motion.  Poster presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida USA, May 13, 2013

Pomerantz, J.R. Theory of Basic Gestalts, Version 2.0 . Keynote address delivered at the 8th annual meeting of the Configural Processing Consortium, Toronto, November 13, 2013.

Pomerantz, J.R. Pop Out and Symmetry Breaking in 3D Space.  Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, November 15, 2013.

2012

Pomerantz, J. R. & Portillo, M.C. (2012).  Emergent Features, Gestalts, and Feature Integration Theory. J. Wolfe & L. Robertson (Eds.), From Perception to Consciousness: Searching with Anne Treisman (pp. 187-192).  New York: Oxford University Press.

Wagemans, J., Feldman, J., Gepshtein, S., Kimchi, R. Pomerantz, J. R., van der Helm, P. & van Leeuwen  (2012). A century of Gestalt psychology in visual perception II: Conceptual and theoretical foundations. Psychological Bulletin, 138 (6), 1218-1252.

Hahn, A., Cragin, A. I., & Pomerantz, J. R. (2012) The Role of Perceptual Features vs. Learned Associations in Utilizing Directional Indicators.  Poster presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 12, 2012.

Cragin, A. I., Hahn, A. C., & Pomerantz, J. R. (2012) Emergent Features Predict Grouping in Search and Classification Tasks.  Talk presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 13, 2012.

Orsten, K. & Pomerantz, J. R. (2012) False Pop Out: Evidence of Configural Disruption in Conventional Pop Out.  Poster presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 16, 2012.

Pomerantz, J. R. & Cragin, A. I. (2012) Crowding, Grouping, and the Configural Superiority Effect.  Poster presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 16, 2012.

Pomerantz, J. R. et al. (2012) Computational and cortical bases for configural superiority.   Talk presented at invited symposium on Part-whole relationships in visual cortex at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 11, 2012.

Orsten, K., Hahn, A, and Pomerantz, J. R.  Pattern-breaking pop out: Further evidence in support of the Theory of Basic Gestalts.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of Object Perception, Attention, & Memory (OPAM), Minneapolis, MN, November 2012.

Cragin, A. I., Ding, B., & Pomerantz, J. R.  Emergent features help resolve ambiguous apparent motion.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of Object Perception, Attention, & Memory (OPAM), Minneapolis, MN, November 2012.

2011

Pomerantz, J. R. & Portillo, M. C. (2011).  Grouping and emergent features in vision: Toward a theory of basic Gestalts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37 (5), 1331-1349.

Gernsbacher, M. A., Pew, R., Hough, L., & Pomerantz, J. (2011). Psychology and the real world: Essays illustrating fundamental contributions to society.  New York: Worth Publishers. http://bit.ly/bAVpk8

Pomerantz, J. R. & Gernsbacher, M. A. (2011).  Psychology and the Real World: An Introduction.  In Gernsbacher, M. A. et al.( Eds).  Psychology and the real world: Essays illustrating fundamental contributions to society.  New York: Worth Publishers

Pomerantz, J. R.  The Perception of Visual Configurations and their Parts: A Theory of Basic Gestalts.  The 19th Kanizsa lecture, University of Trieste, Museo Revoltella, Trieste, Italy, Nov. 24, 2011(http://www.psico.units.it/convegni/kanlect/index.php3)

Pomerantz, J. R. (2011).  The Basics of a Theory of Basic Gestalts.  Paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, University of Washington, Seattle WA, April 15, 2011.

Pomerantz, J. R., Stupina, A. I., and Sparck, E.  (2011). What’s the “Point”? Assessing the Effectiveness of Stimuli that Indicate Direction.  Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 6 – 11, 2011

Portillo, M. C., Pomerantz, J. R., Sokumbi, D. and Hammarsten, C. (2011). The Perception of Four-dot Configurations. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 6 – 11, 2011

Stupina, A. I., Emert, P., and Pomerantz, J. R.  (2011). Emergent Features in two-line configurations prevent selective attention to individual lines as measured by Garner Interference. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 6 – 11, 2011

Orsten, K. D., Portillo, M. C. and Pomerantz, J. R. (2011). False Pop Out in Visual Search. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida, USA, May 6 – 11, 2011

Portillo, M.C., Pomerantz, J. R., Sokumbi, D., & Hammarsten, C.  The Perception of Four-Dot Configurations.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of Object Perception, Attention, & Memory (OPAM), Seattle WA, November 3, 2011.

Cragin, A. I., Hahn, A., and Pomerantz, J. R.  Emergent features predict grouping of line segments.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of Object Perception, Attention, & Memory (OPAM), Seattle WA, November 3, 2011.

Cragin, A., Sparck, E. & Pomerantz, J. R. (2011, presenting author Pomerantz).  Indicating Direction Efficiently: A Few Pointers.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle WA, November 4, 2011

Orsten, K., Portillo, M. C. & Pomerantz, J. R. (2011, presenting author Orsten).  A Symmetry-Breaking Theory of False Pop Out.   Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle WA, November 4, 2011

2010

Pomerantz, J. R. 2010.  The Theory of Basic Gestalts and the Measurement of Perceptual Organization.  October 24, 2010, Texas A&M University.

Pomerantz, J. R., Keshvari, S., Portillo, M. C., Stupina, A. I., and Sokunbi, D.  New configural superiority effects in the temporal and spatial domains.  Paper to be presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, Missouri, November 21, 2010.

Stupina, A. I. & Pomerantz, J. R. Perceptual Organization based on Gestalts: Emergent Features in Two-Line Space.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, May 10 2010.  Abstract: J Vis August 2, 2010 10(7): 1198; doi:10.1167/10.7.1198

Pomerantz, J. R. Organization in Perception and in Memory.  Paper presented at the 5th annual meeting of the Configural Processing Consortium.  Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, November 17, 2010

Stupina, A. & Pomerantz, J. R. Perceptual organization and gestalt formation: Emergent features in two-line stimuli.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of Object Perception and Attention.  St. Louis: November 18, 2010.

Pomerantz, J. R., Keshvari, S., Portillo, M. C., Stupina, A. I., &  Sokunbi, D.  New configural superiority effects in the temporal and spatial domains.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, Missouri, November 21, 2010.

2009

Stupina, A. I. & Pomerantz, J. R.  Simple Gestalts: Emergent Features in Two-line Space. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston , MA ( November 19-22, 2009 ).  StupinaPomerantzPsychonomics2009final.pdf

Pomerantz, J. R. & Portillo, M. C. (2009)  Perceptual Organization: Vision. In Goldstein, E. B. (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Perception.  New York: Sage Publications

Pomerantz, J. R. Grouping and Emergent Features in Vision: An Approach to Basic Gestalts.  2009 Irvin Rock Memorial Lecture, September 25, 2009. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Cognitive Studies and the Vision Science Program, UC Berkeley.

2008

Pomerantz, J. R. (Ed.) (2008) Topics in Integrative Neuroscience: From Cells to Cognition. Cambridge University Press (ISBN-13: 9780521869133)

Eidels, A., & Townsend, J. T., & Pomerantz, J. R. (2008). Where Similarity Beats Redundancy: The Importance of Context, Higher Order Similarity, and Response Assignment. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, Vol 34(6), Dec 2008, 1441-1463.

Portillo, M. & Pomerantz, J. R.  Evaluating Emergent Features and Topological Properties with Multiple Tools.  Paper presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago , IL ( November 13-26, 2008).

2007

Portillo, M. C., Hammarsten, C.  Keshvari, S., Jewell, S. W., & Pomerantz, J. R.  The Perception of Four-Dot Configurations.  Paper presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California (November 15-18, 2007).

Pomerantz, J. R.  The Experience Error Revisited.  Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Configural Processing Consortium (CPC 2007), Long Beach, CA, November 14, 2007

Portillo, M.C. & Pomerantz, J. R. Search asymmetries with emergent features.  Poster presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 2007.

Pomerantz, J. R. (2007) Piecemeal Perception and Hochberg’s Window: Grouping of Stimulus Elements over Distances. Chapter in Peterson, M. A., Gillam, B., Sedgwick, H. A. (2007). In the Mind’s Eye: Julian Hochberg’s Contributions to Our Understanding of the Perception of Pictures, Film, and the World. New York: Oxford University Press.

2006

Pomerantz, J. R. (2006), Color as a Gestalt: Pop out with basic features and with conjunctions. Visual Cognition, 14, 619-628.

Portillo, M. C. & Pomerantz, J. R.  Visual Gestalts: Search Asymmetries with Emergent Features.  Paper presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Houston , TX ( November 16-19, 2006 ).

Pomerantz, J. R. Studying configural processing and Gestalts: What are the challenges?  Paper presented at the first meeting of the Configural Processing Consortium, Houston, TX, November 15, 2006

Eidels, A., Townsend, J. T., & Pomerantz, J. R. Systems Factorial Technology Analysis of Pomerantz’s Configural Figures: Where topology beats redundancy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Experimental Psychologists,  University of California, San Diego (March 23-24, 2006)

Pomerantz, J. R. & Portillo, M. C.  Basic Gestalts: The Four Most Fundamental Emergent Features in Vision.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest Cognition Conference (Armadillo), Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX (October 20-21, 2006)

2005

Portillo, M. C., Pomerantz, J. R., & Zimmerman, S.  Evaluating grouping via emergent features: A systematic approach. Poster presented at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society, Sarasota, FL (May 7, 2005).

Portillo, M. C., & Pomerantz, J. R.  Grouping via emergent features: A systematic approach.  Poster presented at the Object Perception and Memory (OPAM) Conference, Toronto, Ontario (November 10, 2005)

Pomerantz, J. R. and Portillo, M. C.  Varieties of emergent features in visual perceptual organization.  Paper presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto , Ontario (November 10-13, 2005).

Eidels, A., & Townsend, J. T., & Pomerantz, J. R. (2005). Systems Factorial Technology Analysis of Pomerantz’s Configural Figures. In J. S. Monahan, S. M. Sheffert, & J. T. Townsend (Eds.). Fechner Day 2005 (pp. 89-92). Mt. Pleasant, MI. Annual meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics.

2004

False Pop Out. Pomerantz, J. R. & Portillo, M. C.   Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 19-21, 2004)

2003

The Genesis of Perceptual Organization: Basic Emergent Features in Vision.  Pomerantz, Portillo, Jewell, and Agrawal.  Paper presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 2003.

Pomerantz, J. R., Agrawal, A., Jewell, S. W.,  Jeong, M., Khan, H., and Lozano, S. C. (2003) Contour grouping inside and outside of facial contexts.  Acta Psychologica, 114, 3, 245-271.

Pomerantz, J. R. (2003) Wholes, holes, and basic features in vision.  Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 11, 471-473 (November 2003)

Configural Superiority Effects and the Identification of Basic Features in Visual Processing.  Pomerantz, James R. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Visual Search, Munich, Germany, June, 2003.  (To appear in revised form with additional authors in Visual Cognition, 2004. Special Issue “Visual Search and Attention”, Guest Editors Hermann J. Müller & Joseph Krummenacher).

2002

Perception: Overview.  Pomerantz, James R.   In Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science.  Hampshire, England: MacMillan/ Nature Publishing Group, 2002.

Several Strange Effects Arising from Perceptual Grouping in Vision.  Pomerantz, James R.  Paper presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Kansas City, Missouri, November 2002.

2001

BISCA Lecture Notes (Bolzano International School in Cognitive Analysis)
Bolzano, Italy, September 10 – 15, 2001

Lecture 1
Lectures 2 and 3

OPAM 2001 Poster: Garner Interference as a Diagnostic for Low-level Visual Grouping

2000

Psychonomics 2000 paper: How Can We Know When Selective Attention Fails?

Selected earlier papers of possible interest:

Pomerantz, J. R., & Pristach, E. A. (1989).  Emergent features, attention and perceptual glue.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 15, 635-649.

Pomerantz, J. R. (1983).  Global and local precedence: Selective attention in form and motion perception.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 112, 516-540.

Pomerantz, J. R. (1983).  The grass is always greener: An ecological analysis of an old aphorism.  Perception, 12, 501-502.

Pomerantz, J. R. (1983).  The rubber pencil illusion. Perception & Psychophysics, 33, 365-368.

Pomerantz, J. R. (1978).  Are complex visual features derived from simple ones?  In E. L. J. Leeuwenberg and H. F. J. M. Buffart (Eds.), Formal Theories of Visual Perception. (pp. 217-229).  New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Pomerantz, J. R., Sager, L. C., & Stoever, R. J. (1977).  Perception of wholes and of their component parts: Some configural superiority effects.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 3, 422-435.

Pomerantz, J. R., & Garner, W. R. (1973).  Stimulus configuration in selective attention tasks.  Perception & Psychophysics, 14, 565-569.

Kolers, P.A. & Pomerantz, J. R.(1971).  Figural change in apparent motion.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, 87, 1, 99-108.

Pomerantz, J. R. (1970).  Eye movements affect the perception of apparent (beta) movement.  Psychonomic Science, 19, 193-194.

Perception Lab: Other useful papers and documents

Rice Perception Lab Orientation

IRB Documents: Forms, approval

JW’s Basic Features in Vision list

Steve Jewell’s  All-purpose E-Prime Program (zip download)

University and Administrative Matters

American Universities Under Scrutiny
(Rice University Continuing Studies Course, Winter, 1998)

Seminar in Academic Computing, Snowmass Village, Colorado, August, 1998
Background, Context, and Culture—How Technology Fits the University

Planning for an Uncertain Future
(Brown University Graduate Commencement Address, May, 1997)

COGDOP 2000: Habits of Effective Department Chairs