Faculty » George J. Andersen

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 examining 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.

Selected Publications

Andersen, G. J. & Braunstein, M. L. (1998) The perception of depth and slant from texture in 3D scenes, Perception, 27, 1087-1106.

Andersen, G. J. & Braunstein, M. L. (1998). Effect of collimation on perceived layout in 3D scenes. Perception, 27, 1305-1315.

Atchley, P., & Andersen, G. J. (1998). The effects of age, retinal eccentricity, and speed on the detection of optic flow components. Psychology & Aging, 13, 297-308.

Andersen, G. J., Cisneros, J., Atchley, P., and Saidpour, A. (1999). Speed, size and edge rate information for the detection of collision events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25, 256-279.

Atchley, P., & Andersen, G. J. (1999). The discrimination of heading from optic flow is not retinally invariant. Perception & Psychophysics, 61, 387-396.

Saidpour, A., Andersen, G. J., & Kim, R.D. (1999). Visual Search and the Detection of Collision Events During Driving. In the Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors Society, Houston, 1266-1272.

Andersen, G. J., & Saidpour, A. (1999). Optical information for the control of steering: A control theory analysis. In D. H. Harris (Ed.) Cognitive Ergonomics and Engineering Psychology Vol 3 (pp. 359-367), Ashgate: Aldershot, England.

Saidpour, A., Andersen, G. J., & Kim, R.D. (1999). Visual Search and the Detection of Collision Events During Driving. In the Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors Society, Houston, 1266-1272.

Andersen, G. J., Saidpour, A., Cisneros, J. & Atchley, P. (2000). Age-related differences in collision detection during deceleration, Psychology and Aging, 15, 241-252.

Andersen, G. J., & Kim R. D. (in press). Perceptual Information and Attentional Constraints In Visual Search of Collision Events, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Andersen, G. J., Cisneros, J., Atchley, P., & Saidpour, A. (in press). Aging and the detection of collision events: Implications for driving performance. To appear in A. G. Gale (Ed.) Vision and Vehicles IV.

Saidpour, A. & Andersen, G. J. (in press). Steering Control and Landmarks. To appear in A. G. Gale (Ed.) Vision and Vehicles V.

Sauer, C. W., Saidpour, A., Braunstein, M. L., & Andersen, G. J. (in press). Perceived Depth of Rotating Objects in Motion Parallax and Textured Scenes. Perception.