Michael Kubovy

Professor Emeritus


I am a professor of cognitive psychology with interests in visual and auditory perception, cognition, psychology of visual art and music, the nature of pleasure, the philosophy of mind and the phenomenology of experience. I conduct experiments with human observers, analyze visual and auditory patterns, and propose mathematical/statistical models of the data I obtain. I am eager to attract bright and hard-working students, from the US and abroad, to join the three students (currently two from the US, and one from China) without whom my lab would not be the wonderful,  collegial, exciting, and interesting environment it is.

  • Wagemans, J., Elder, J. H., Kubovy, M., Palmer, S. E., Peterson, M. A., Singh, M., & von der Heydt, R. (2012). A century of Gestalt psychology in visual perception. I. Perceptual grouping and figure-ground organization. Psychological Bulletin, first posting July 30. (http://dx.doi.org/10. 1037/a0029333)
  • Strother, L., & Kubovy, M. (2012). Structural Salience and the Nonaccidentality of a Gestalt. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, (http: //dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0027939)
  • Kubovy, M. & Yu, M. (2012). Multistability, cross–modal binding and the additivity of conjoined grouping principles. Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society, B, 367, 954–964. (http://dx.doi.org/10. 1098/rstb.2011.0365)
  • Jones, C. R. G., Claassen, D. O., Yu, M., Spies, J. R., Malone, T., Dirnberger, G., Jahanshahi, M., & Kubovy, M. (2011). Modeling accuracy and variability of motor timing in treated and untreated Parkinson’s disease and healthy controls, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 5, No. 81. (http://dx. doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2011.00081)
  • Gepshtein, S., Tyukin, I., & Kubovy, M. (2011). A failure of the proximity principle in the perception of motion. Humana.Mente: Journal of Philosophical Studies, 17, 21– 34. (http://www.humanamente.eu/PDF/ Issue17_Paper_A%20Failure%20of%20the% 20Proximity%20Principle%20in%20the% 20Perception%20of%20Motion_Gepshtein_ et_al..pdf)
  • Van den Berg, M., Schirillo, J., & Kubovy, M. (2011). Grouping by Regularity and the Perception of Illumination. Vision Research, 51, 1360–1371. (/10.1016/j.visres.2011.04. 013)
  • Bianchi, I., Savardi, U., & Kubovy, M. (2011). Dimensions and their Poles: A Metric and Topological Approach to Opposites. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26, 1232– 1265. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/ abs/10.1080/01690965.2010.520943)
  • Kubovy, M., & Schutz, M. (2010). Audio-visual objects. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1, 41–61. (http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s13164-009-0004-5)