David E Irwin, Professor

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Research Interests

Much of my past research has concentrated on a classic problem in perception: How do we perceive the visual world as unified, stable, and continuous despite the frequent disruptions caused by movements of the eyes? I have addressed this question by examining what people remember from a single glance at a scene, and by examining how people combine information across eye movements. More recently I have been investigating the effects of eye movements on cognitive processing; it turns out that eye movements actually interfere with some cognitive processes but not with others. I am also interested in interactions between perception and language, and in particular the question of how people talk about what they see.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Michigan

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Research Output

Is there a K in capacity? Assessing the structure of visual short-term memory

Robinson, M. M., Benjamin, A. S. & Irwin, D. E., Sep 2020, In : Cognitive Psychology. 121, 101305.

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  • Are there two visual short-term memory stores? A state-trace analysis

    Robinson, M. M. & Irwin, D. E., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Mathematical Psychology. 90, p. 23-30 8 p.

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  • How post-saccadic target blanking affects the detection of stimulus displacements across saccades

    Irwin, D. E. & Robinson, M. M., Jan 2018, In : Vision Research. 142, p. 11-19 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The action is in the task set, not in the action

    Robinson, M. M., Clevenger, J. & Irwin, D. E., Feb 2018, In : Cognitive Psychology. 100, p. 17-42 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Visual working memory supports perceptual stability across saccadic eye movements

    Cronin, D. A. & Irwin, D. E., Nov 2018, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 44, 11, p. 1739-1759 21 p.

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