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

Application materials can be obtained by download at http://www.grad.uconn.edu or by writing to:

Graduate Admissions Office
436 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1006A
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

The application requires:

  • transcripts
  • a personal letter, and
  • three letters of recommendation

Applications should be received by December 1 in order to be considered for financial support.

To arrange a visit to CESPA contact the Director, Dr. J. Dixon:

Email: james.dixon@uconn.edu

Informational Brochure

Ecological Psychology Program Brochure

*please note that the GRE is no longer required