My research focuses on visual attention. Much of the work involves the quantitative measurement of selective and divided attention phenomena using the methods of visual psychophysics. These measurements are used to test alternative quantitative theories. I also have ongoing collaborations with Dr. Cathleen Moore on attention and with Dr. Geoff Boynton on the neural basis of attention.
University of Michigan (1984)
- November 2, 2022 John Palmer and colleagues published in Journal of Vision
- April 10, 2015 It's all in the delivery - or so says John Palmer (and Elizabeth Loftus)
- June 30, 2008 Research Professor John Palmer was honored by the Graduate Program Action Committee with the Davida Teller Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award for outstanding service to, and excellence in, graduate mentorship and training.
- February 19, 2008 John Palmer as the recipient of the 2008 Davida Teller Distinguished Faculty Award.
- An example of recent work on divided attention: Scharff, A., Palmer, J. & Moore, C. M. (2011). Evidence of fixed capacity in visual object categorization. Psychological Bulletin and Review, 18, 713-721.
- An example of recent work on selective attention: Yigit-Elliott, S., Palmer, J. & Moore, C. M. (2011). Distinguishing blocking from attenuation in visual selective attention. Psychological Science, 22, 771-780.
- A detailed review of visual search: Palmer, J., Verghese, P., & Pavel, M. (2000). The psychophysics of visual search. Vision Research, 40, 1227-1268.
- An introductory review of visual search: Palmer, J. (1995). Attention in visual search: Distinguishing four causes of set-size effects. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 4, 118-123.