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Dennis R. Proffitt

Commonwealth Professor of Psychology, Director of Undergraduate Studies
117B Gilmer Hall

Office Hours:
By Appointment Only

117 Gilmer Hall
Proffitt Perception Lab


My lab studies how people perceive and reason about space.  Studies include investigations of how our bodies and abilities influence spatial perceptions.  For example, physically fit people see hills as appearing less steep than do unfit people and baseball players see the ball as appearing larger when they are hitting well.  Our research is conducted in outdoor, natural environments, controlled laboratory settings, and virtual reality.
Proffitt, D.R. (2006). Embodied perception and the economy of action.  Perspectives in Psychological Science, 1, 110-122.
Schnall, S., Zadra, J.R. & Proffitt D.R. (2010).  Direct Evidence for the Economy of Action: Glucose and the Perception of Geographical Slant. Perception, 39, 464-482.
Witt, J.K., Linkenauger, S.A., & Proffitt, D.R. (2012). Get me out of this slump! Visual illusions influence sports performance. Psychological Science, 23, 397-399.