My research has both a basic and an applied flavor. The basic research extends our understanding of how humans process perceptual information about whether something is there, what it is, and where it is. Specifically, I study the interface between perception and attention by comparing predictions derived from competing models to the actual behavioral data. This interface between perception and attention is a key factor in visual perception, cognitive neuroscience, and applied research on display design and HCI program visualizations.
The applied research uses the knowledge gained from basic research to predict, control, and enhance human perception and performance in human computer interaction (HCI) settings -- providing yet another test-bed for the models. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation.
- American Psychological Association
- American Psychological Society
- Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
- HFES Perception and Performance Program Chair 2002-2003
- HFES Perception and Performance Technical Chair-Elect 2004-2005
- HFES Perception and Performance Technical Chair 2006-2007
- Affiliate Member of the Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center
- New York Academy of Science
- Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics honor society)
- Psychonomic Society
- Sigma Xi
- Davis, E.T., Hailston, K., Kraemer, E., Hamilton-Taylor, A., Rhodes, P., Papadimitrious, C., & Garcia, strong.A. (2006). Perceptual characteristics of computerized program visualizations can differentially affect detection and localization performance. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics 50th Annual Meeting.
- Davis, E.T., Shikano, T., Main, K., Hailston, K., Michel, R.K., & Sathian, K. (2006). Mirror-image symmetry and search asymmetry: A comparison of their effects on visual search and a possible unifying explanation. Vision Research, 46, 1263-1281.
- Davis, E.T. (2006). Invited Book Review: Neurobiology of Attention. Physiology & Behavior, 87, 447-448.
- Davis, E.T. & Palmer, J. (2004). Visual search & attention: an overview. Spatial Vision, 17, 249-255.
- Davis, E.T., Shikano, T., Peterson, S.A., & Michel, R.K. (2003). Divided attention and visual search for simple versus complex features. Vision Research, 43, 2213-2232.