What can you do as a student in ecological psychology at UCONN?

  • Write a book that stands as a fundamental exposition of the ecological approach, as Claudia Carello did in collaboration with Claire Michaels for Direct Perception.

  • Pioneer the application of nonlinear thermodynamics to movement, as Peter Kugler did in bimanual coordination.

  • Create a cottage industry of affordance research, as Bill Warren did with the affordance for stair climbing.

  • Solve one of the oldest problems in psychophysics using an experimental tool you invented, as Eric Amazeen did with tensor objects and the size-weight illusion.

  • Win an Ig Nobel Prize, as Ramesh Balasubramaniam did with the dynamics of hula hooping.

  • Use homeokinetic physics to understand nested affordances, as Rob Isenhower did with the temporal structure of emotional experience.

  • Bring event perception research into the realm of fractals, as Julia Blau did with the temporal structure of film.

  • Influence New York City high-rise building code, as all of CESPA did in working with a human factors consultant applying ecological principles to design enhancements of the new World Trade Center.

Applying to CESPA

Are you interested in applying to our program? All details can be found on the Psychology Graduate website here.

Informational Brochure

Ecological Psychology Program Brochure

*please note that the GRE is no longer required