Psychology Department
Swarthmore College


Areas of Interest




Frank H. Durgin

Publications (Download CV)

Durgin, F. H. (in press). Angular scale expansion theory and the misperception of egocentric distance in locomotor space. Psychology & Neuroscience. PDF

Coleman, A., & Durgin, F. H. (2014). Egocentric reference frame bias in the palmar haptic perception of surface orientation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21, 955-960. PDF

Shaffer, D. M., McManama, E., Swank, C., Williams, M., & Durgin, F. H. (2014). Anchoring in action: Manual estimates of slant are powerfully biased toward initial hand orientation and are correlated with verbal report. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 1203-1212. PDF

Durgin, F. H. (2013). What do hands know about hills? Interpreting Taylor-Covill and Eves (2013) in context. Acta Psychologica, 144, 451-458. open access

Li, Z. & Durgin, F. H. (2013). Depth compression based on mis-scaling of binocular disparity may contribute to angular expansion in perceived optical slant. Journal of Vision, 13(12):3, 1–18. open access

Li, Z., Sun, E., Strawser, C. J., Spiegel, A., Klein, B., & Durgin, F. H. (2013). On the anisotropy of perceived ground extents and the interpretation of walked distance as a measure of perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 477-493. PDF

Shaffer, D. M., McManama, E., Swank, C., & Durgin, F. H. (2013). Sugar and space? Not the case: Effects of low blood glucose on slant estimation are mediated by beliefs. i-Perception, 4, 147-155. open access

Stigliani, A., Li, Z., & Durgin, F. H. (2013). Humans have precise knowledge of familiar geographical slants. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39, 1966-1973. PDF

Thibodeau, P., Peebles, M. M., Grodner, D. J., & Durgin, F. H. (2013). The wished-for always wins until the winner was inevitable all along: Motivated reasoning and belief bias regulate emotion during elections. Political Psychology. doi: 10.1111/pops.12100

Chettih, S., Durgin, F. H., & Grodner, D. (2012). Mixing metaphors in the cerebral hemispheres: What happens when careers collide? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition, 38, 295-311. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Klein, B., Spiegel, A., Strawser, C. J., & Williams, M. (2012). The social psychology of perception experiments: Hills, backpacks, glucose and the problem of generalizability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 1582-1595. PDF public access

Durgin, F. H., Leonard-Solis, K., Masters, O., Schmelz, B., & Li, Z. (2012). Expert performance by athletes in the verbal estimation of spatial extents does not alter their perceptual metric of space. i-Perception, 3(5), 357-367. open access

Durgin, F. H., & Li, Z. (2012). Spatial biases and the haptic experience of surface orientation. In A. El Saddik (ed.), Haptics Rendering and Applications (pp. 75-94), Intech. open access

Li, Z., & Durgin, F. H. (2012). A comparison of two theories of perceived distance on the ground plane: The angular expansion hypothesis and the intrinsic bias hypothesis. i-Perception, 3, 368-383. open access

Li, Z., & Durgin, F. H. (2012). Manual matching of perceived surface orientation is affected by arm posture: Evidence of calibration between proprioception and visual experience in near space. Experimental Brain Research, 216, 299-309. PDF public access

Durgin, F. H., DeWald, D., Lechich, S., Li, Z., & Ontiveros, Z. (2011). Action and motivation: Measuring perception or strategies? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 1077-1082. PDF public access

Durgin, F. H. Hajnal, A., Li, Z., Tonge, N., & Stigliani, A. (2011). An imputed dissociation might be an artifact: Further evidence for the generalizability of the observations of Durgin et al. 2010. Acta Psychologica, 138, 281-284. PDF

Durgin, F. H., & Li, Z. (2011). The perception of 2D orientation is categorically biased. Journal of Vision, 11(8):13, 1-10. open access

Durgin, F. H., & Li, Z. (2011). Perceptual scale expansion: An efficient angular coding strategy for locomotor space. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73, 1856-1870. PDF public access

Hajnal, A., Abdul-Malak, D. T., & Durgin, F. H. (2011). The perceptual experience of slope by foot and by finger. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 709-719. PDF

Li, Z., & Durgin, F. H. (2011). Design, data and theory regarding a digital hand inclinometer: A portable device for studying slant perception. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 363-371. PDF public access

Li, Z., Phillips, J., & Durgin, F. H. (2011). The underestimation of egocentric distance: Evidence from frontal matching tasks. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73, 2205-2217. PDF public access

Saunders, J. A. & Durgin, F. H. (2011). Adaptation to conflicting visual and physical heading directions during walking. Journal of Vision, 11(3):15, 1-10. open access

Thibodeau, P. H., & Durgin, F. H. (2011). Metaphor aptness and conventionality: A processing fluency account. Metaphor and Symbol, 26, 206-226. PDF

Durgin, F. H. Hajnal, A., Li, Z., Tonge, N., & Stigliani, A. (2010). Palm boards are not action measures: An alternative to the two-systems theory of geographical slant perception. Acta Psychologica, 134, 182-197. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Li, Z., & Hajnal, A. (2010). Slant perception in near space is categorically biased: Evidence for a vertical tendency. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72, 1875-1889. PDF

Durgin, F. H., & Li, Z. (2010). Controlled interaction: Strategies for using virtual reality to study perception. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 414-420. PDF

Li, Z. & Durgin, F. H. (2010). Perceived slant of binocularly viewed large-scale surfaces: A common model from explicit and implicit measures. Journal of Vision, 10(14):13, 1-16. open access

Durgin, F. H. (2009). When walking makes perception better. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 43-47. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Baird, J. A., Greenburg, M., Russell, R., Shaughnessy, K., & Waymouth, S. (2009). Who is being deceived? The experimental demands of wearing a backpack. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16, 964-969. PDF

Grodner, D., Pietsch, C., & Durgin, F. H. (2009). The use of categorical features in adult spatial reorientation. Proceedings of the 2009 Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp 280-285). Amsterdam: The Netherlands. PDF

Li, Z., & Durgin, F. H. (2009). Downhill slopes look shallower from the edge. Journal of Vision, 9(11):6, 1-15. open access

Durgin, F. H., Akagi, M., Gallistel, C. R., & Haiken, W. (2008). The precision of locomotor odometry in humans. Experimental Brain Research, 193, 429-436. DOI 10.1007/s00221-008-1640-1. PDF

Durgin, F. H. (2008). Texture density adaptation and visual number revisited. Current Biology, 18, R855-R856. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.07.053

Durgin, F. H., Doyle, E., & Egan, L. (2008). Upper-left gaze bias reveals competing search strategies in a reverse Stroop task. Acta Psychologica, 127, 428-448. PDF

Thibodeau, P., & Durgin, F. H. (2008). Productive figurative communication: Conventional metaphors facilitate the comprehension of related novel metaphors. Journal of Memory and Language, 58, 521-540. PDF

Durgin, F. H., & Gigone, K. (2007). Enhanced optic flow speed discrimination while walking: Multisensory tuning of visual coding. Perception, 36,, 1465-1475. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Evans, L., Dunphy, N., Klostermann, S. & Simmons, K. (2007). Rubber hands feel the touch of light. Psychological Science, 18, 152-157. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Reed, C., & Tigue, C. (2007). Step frequency and perceived self-motion. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 4(1): 5 , 1:23. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Fox, L. F., Schaffer, E., & Whitaker, R. (2005). The perception of linear self-motion. In B. E. Rogowitz, T. N. Pappas, S. J. Daly (Eds.) Human Vision and Electronic Imaging X, proceedings of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging, SPIE Vol 5666, (pp. 503-514). PDF

Durgin, F. H., Gigone, K., & Scott, R. (2005). The perception of visual speed while moving. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31, 339-353. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Pelah, A., Fox, L. F., Lewis, J., Kane, R., & Walley, K. A. (2005). Self-motion perception during locomotor recalibration: More than meets the eye. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31, 398-419. PDF

Banton, T. A., Stefanucci, J., Durgin, F. H., Fass, A., & Proffitt, D. R. (2005). The perception of walking speed in a virtual environment. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 14, 394-406. PDF

Messing, R. M., & Durgin, F. H. (2005). Distance perception and the visual horizon in head-mounted displays. Transactions on Applied Perception, 2, 234-250. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Fox, L. F., & Kim, D. H. (2003). Not letting the left leg know what the right leg is doing: Limb-specific locomotor adaptation to sensory-cue conflict. Psychological Science, 16, 567-572. PDF

Durgin, F. H. (2003). Translation and competition among internal representations in a reverse Stroop effect. Perception & Psychophysics, 65, 367-378. PDF

Durgin, F. H., & Sternberg, S. (2002). The time of consciousness and vice versa. Consciousness and Cognition, 11, 284-290. PDF

Durgin, F. H. (2002). The Tinkerbell effect: Motion perception and illusion. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 9, 88-101 PDF

Durgin, F. H. (2001). Texture contrast aftereffects are monocular; texture density aftereffects are binocular. Vision Research, 41, 2619-2630.

Durgin, F. H., & Hammer, J. T. (2001). Visual aftereffects of sequential perception: Dynamic adaptation to changes in texture density and contrast. Vision Research, 41, 2607-2617. PDF

Durgin, F. H. (2000). The reverse Stroop effect. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 7, 121-125.

Lachter, J., Durgin, F. H., & Washington, T. (2000). Disappearing percepts: Evidence for retention failure in metacontrast masking. Visual Cognition, 7, 269-279.

Durgin, F. H. (1999). Supporting the Grand Illusion of direct perception: Implicit learning in eye-movement control In S. R Hameroff, A. W. Kaszniak, and D. J. Chalmers, Toward a Science of Consciousness III, (pp. 179-188). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Durgin, F. H. & Pelah, A. (1999). Visuomotor adaptation without vision. Experimental Brain Research, 127, 12-18.

Lachter, J., & Durgin, F. H. (1999). Metacontrast Masking functions: A question of speed? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25, 936-947.

Durgin, F. H. & Huk, A. C. (1997). Texture density aftereffects in the perception of artificial and natural textures. Vision Research, 37, 3273-3282. PDF

Durgin, F. H. & Wolfe, S. E. (1997). Global precedence in visual search? Not so fast: Evidence instead for an oblique effect. Perception, 26, 321-332.

Durgin, F. H. (1996). Visual aftereffect of texture density contingent on color of frame. Perception & Psychophysics, 58, 207-223.

Durgin, F. H. & Proffitt, D. R. (1996). Visual learning in the perception of texture: simple and contingent aftereffects of texture density. Spatial Vision, 9, 423-474.

Durgin, F. H. (1995). Texture density adaptation and the perceived numerosity and distribution of texture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 21, 149-169. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Proffitt, D. R., Olson, T. J. & Reinke, K.S. (1995). Comparing depth from motion with depth from binocular disparity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 21, 679-699. PDF

Durgin, F. H., Tripathy, S. P. & Levi, D. M. (1995). On the filling in of the visual blind spot: Some rules of thumb. Perception, 24, 827-840. PDF

Gelman, R., Durgin, F. & Kaufman, L. (1995). Distinguishing between animates and inanimates: Not by motion alone. In D. Sperber, D. Premack, and A. J. Premack (Eds.), Causal cognition: A multidisciplinary debate (pp. 151-184). Oxford: Clarendon Press.

A Few Published Abstracts

Durgin, F. H. (1999). The (illusory) perception of visual detail: textures and faces. Perception, 28 (supplement), 43.

Durgin, F. H. (1999). A model of texture density encoding. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 40, S200.

Durgin, F. H., & Cole, R. (1997). Texture-density aftereffects to filled-in and suppressed portions of textures. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 38, S636.

Huk, A. C., Durgin, F. H., Banton, T. A., Aks, D., Lewis, D. A., Gold, S., & Jain, R. (1997). The Rubber Pencil Illusion: Beyond Persistence. Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 38, S378.