Geoffrey Loftus

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Geoffrey Loftus, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
(206) 543-8874
Guthrie 222
Advising: Does not accept or train psychology graduate students.
Interests: Visual Perception, Relations Between Low-Level Visual & Higher-Order Cognitive Processing, Confidence & Accuracy in Recognition Memory, Eyewitness Testimony, Statistics & Methodology (particularly problems with null hypothesis significance testing), mathematical models of visual perception and memory, and Computer Applications


Research projects (this statement is still under construction) 1. Visual memory: What is the effect of reducing contrast on confidence and accuracy? 2. Visual memory: How are different spatial frequencies in natural images (particularly faces) used for various tasks such as recognition? 3. Face inversion: How does inverting a face affect perception of the face? 4. Visual hindsight bias: How does having seen an ambiguous visual figure once influence how easily you believe you can see it on subsequent occasions? 5. What is the developmental time course by which children learn to recognize ambiguous visual stimuli? 6. A whole variety of quantitative theoretical techniques


Stanford University (1971)

  • Loftus, G.R. (2002). Analysis, interpretation, and visual presentation of data. Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology, Third Edition, Vol 4. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 339-390.
  • Busey, T.A., Tunnicliff, J., Loftus, G.R. & Loftus, E.F. (2000). Accounts of the confidence-accuracy relation in recognition memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 7, 26-48.
  • Loftus, G.R. & Irwin, D.E. (1998). On the relations among different measures of visible and informational_ persistence. Cognitive Psychology, 35, 135-199.