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Keynote Address | Psychonomic Society 56th Annual Meeting (2016) | Boston, Massachusetts, USA


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2015: Asher Koriat, University of Haifa, Israel (video)
2014: Larry Jacoby, Washington University in St. Louis, USA (video)
2013: Elizabeth F. Loftus, University of California, Irvine, USA (video)
2012: John R. Anderson, Carnegie Mellon University, USA (video)
2011: Nora Newcombe, Temple University, USA (video)
2010: Robert A. Bjork, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (video)
2009: Henry L. Roediger, III, Washington University in St. Louis, USA (video)
2008: Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, USA
2007: Marcia K. Johnson, Yale University, USA
2006: Mary C. Potter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
2005: Michael Posner, University of Oregon, USA
2004: Anne Treisman, Princeton University, USA
2003: Gordon Bower, Stanford University, USA
2002: Roger Shepard, Stanford University, USA
2001: William K. Estes, Indiana University, USA

Perception and Action in the Wild

Roberta L. KlatzkyRoberta L. Klatzky, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

To paraphrase an old line, “What’s a nice cognitive scientist like you doing in a ___ like this?”  In my case, the blank can be filled with robot factory, biopsy suite, or summer camp for the blind. If I had been asked that question as I found myself  in any of those places (at the camp for the blind, in pitch-black surroundings), my answer would have been, pursuing cognitive science!  Although my career began rather conventionally, as I armed myself with some reaction-time apparatus and a book about ANOVA statistics, I increasingly gravitated to relatively ungroomed surroundings where my research could be applied.  I now look for the sweet spot that bridges interesting basic issues to human performance in settings where time and space are critical, and even small improvements matter.  I will talk not only about examples of this approach, but also about general principles that guide my choice of problems and methods by which I attempt to enhance perceptually guided action.


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