Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Kansas State University
Master of Science in Psychology, Kansas State University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Distinction, Iowa State University
Dr. Larson received his B.S. in Psychology with Honors from Iowa State University in 2006. Afterwards, he attended Kansas State University and studied visual cognition with Dr. Lester Loschky. Upon completing his Ph.D., he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Kansas State University where he contributed to research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). In 2013, Dr. Larson came to the University of Findlay so that he could teach in a liberal arts setting, mentor students to become critical thinkers, and provide students with training for their future careers.
The opening shot of a
film presents the viewer with a very large visual scene containing characters
performing actions in a setting. The
psychological task for the viewer is to comprehend the story, but the key
unanswered question is how the viewer accomplishes this task. Due to the design of the eye, only one
specific point in the visual world can be fixated at a time. Therefore, the viewer’s comprehension of the
shot is based solely on the visual information extracted during that single eye
fixation. Likewise, the viewer’s current
understanding of the shot will influence what is fixated next in the
scene. This interaction between visual
perception and cognition are the emphasis of my research program. Namely, how does visual perception lead to cognition
(i.e., comprehension)? Likewise, how does
cognition influence visual perception? In
order to address these questions, I have used numerous methods which address specific
research questions in the area of visual perception and cognition. Some of these visual perception questions
include: How our representation of a scene image changes over a single eye
fixation? How does our central and
peripheral visual field contribute to scene categorization? Alternatively, some of the cognition research
questions include: Are eye movements sensitive to the cognitive task involved
in comprehending a visual narrative? How
are comprehension, memory, and event perception influenced by the organization
of a visual narrative? My goal is to
synthesize these two areas of research to develop an overarching theory of
Link to my
Google Scholar profile:
Rouinfar, A., Agra, E., Larson, A.M., Rebello, N. S., & Loschky, L. C. (2014). Linking attentional processes and conceptual problem solving: Visual cues facilitate the automaticity of extracting relevant information frm diagrams. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, ArtID 1094.
Loschky, L.C., Ringer, R., Johnson, A., Larson, A.M., Neider, M., & Kramer, A. (in press). Blur detection is unaffected by cognitive load. Visual Cognition.
Larson, A. M., Freeman, T. E., Ringer, R. V., & Loschky, L. C. (2014). The spatiotemporal dynamics of scene gist recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(2), 471-487.
Pannasch, S., Helmert, J.R., Hansen, B. C., Larson, A. M., & Loschky, L. C. (2014). Commonalities and differences in eye movement behavior when exploring aerial and terrestrial scenes. In M. Buchroithner, N. Prechtel & D. Burghardt (Eds.), Cartography from Pole to Pole (pp. 421-430). Berlin: Springer-Verlag
Magliano, J. P., Loschky, L. C., Clinton, J., & Larson, A. M. (2013). Is viewing a narrative the same as reading a narrative? Differences and similarities in processing narratives across textual and visual media. In B. Miller, L. Cutting, and P. McCardle (Eds.), Unraveling the Behavioral, Neurobiological, & Genetic Components of Reading Comprehension, Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.
Madsen, A., Rouinfar, A., Larson, A. M., Loschky, L. C., & Rebello, N. S. (2013). Can short duration visual cues influence students’ reasoning and eye movements in physics problems?. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 9(2), 020104-1 - 020104-16.
Ramkumar, P., Pannasch, S., Hansen, B. C., Larson, A. M., & Loschky, L. C. (2012). How does the brain represent visual scenes? A neuromagnetic scene categorization study. In G. Langs, I. Rish, M. Grosse-Wentrup & B. Murphy (Eds.), Machine Learning and Interpretation in Neuroimaging (Vol. 7263, pp. 93-100). Berlin: Springer.
Madsen, A. M., Larson, A. M., Loschky, L. C., & Rebello, N. S. (2012). Differences in visual attention between those who correctly and incorrectly answer physics problems. Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research, 8(1), 010122.
Loschky, L. C., & Larson, A. M. (2010). The natural/man-made distinction is made before basic-level distinctions in scene gist processing. Visual Cognition, 18(4), 513 – 536.
Larson, A. M., & Loschky, L. C. (2009). The contributions of central versus peripheral vision to scene gist recognition. Journal of Vision, 9(10):6, 1-16.
Loschky, L. C. & Larson, A. M. (2008). Localized information is needed for scene categorization, including the natural/man-made distinction. Journal of Vision, 8(1):4, 1-9.