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D.J. Aks - CV

Academic positions    
Current

1999-2005
1993-1998

1992 Fall
  Research Associate Professor -- Rutgers University

Associate Professor of Psychology – University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Assistant Professor of Psychology – University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Instructor – University College of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia
 

Education

1988-1993 Ph.D.– University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. (Advisor: James T. Enns)

Dissertation Abstracts International: Perceiving slant-from-texture in visual search
Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. Vol 55(2-B), 1994, pp. 623.

1985-1988 M.A.– University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. (Advisor: Stanley Coren)

1980-1984
B.A. – State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, N.Y (Psi Chi Nat'l Honor Society)



University teaching


University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

(3 to 4 sections of following classes taught Fall & Spring 1993-2005 except 2001-2002 sabbatical year)

1993-2005–Sensation & Perception (Psych-305)
1994-2005–Experimental Psych/Research Methods (Psych-315/216)
2002-2004–Individual & Society (General Education-130)

University College of the Fraser Valley
1992 (Fall)–Introductory Psychology & Human Development


Technology & teaching
: (1994-2005)

1994-2004
UWW Psychology computer lab and server
designed & co-managed (w/ Dr. Douglas Eamon)

2003-2005 UWW Learning & Technology Center
– collaborative e-projects: e.g., Flash interactive demo:

Signal Detection Theory (swf format)

2001-2005 Avid user of Course Management Software

Blackboard & Desire2Learn CMS

1995; 2001–Visual Information Processing--Psychology Seminar (Psych-494)
1994-2000–Cognitive Psychology (Psych-351)
1993-1994–Introductory Psychology (Psych-211)

 

 


Internet course material
(1994-2005)
Supplemented traditional in-class lectures & labs
On-line lectures (html, ppt, quicktime, swf);
Syllabi, Demonstrations & course material on the WWW

Course overview
Sensation & Perception
Research Methods
Cognition

Most recent course materials run through secure UWW-CMS

 

Research

Publications

Aks,D (2005). 1/f dynamic in complex visual search: Evidence for Self-Organized Criticality in human perception. In M. A. Riley & G. C. Van Orden (Eds.), Tutorials in contemporary nonlinear methods for the behavioral sciences (pp.326-359). Retrieved 2005-2006, from http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/pac/nmbs/nmbs.jsp

Aks, D.J. & Sprott, J. C. (2003) Resolving perceptual ambiguity in the Necker Cube: A dynamical systems approach. Journal of Non-linear Dynamics in Psychology & the Life Sciences, 7(2) 159-178.

Aks, D.J., Zelinsky, G., & Sprott, J.C. (2002). Memory across eye-movements: 1/f dynamic in visual search. Journal of Non-linear Dynamics in Psychology & the Life Sciences, 6 (1), 1-25.

Aks, D.J. (1998). Influence of exercise on visual search: Implications for underlying cognitive mechanisms. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 87, 771-783.

Aks, D.J. & Enns J.T. (1996). Visual search for size is influenced by a background texture gradient. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 22 (6), 1467-1481.

Aks, D.J. & Sprott, J. C. (1996). Quantifying aesthetic preference for chaotic patterns. Journal of the Empirical Studies of the Arts, 14(1) 1-16.

Aks, D.J. & Enns J.T. (1992). Visual search for direction of shading is influenced by apparent depth. Perception and Psychophysics, 52(1), 63-74. [Abstr]

Coren, S. & Aks, D.J. (1991). Prediction of task related arousal under conditions of environmental distraction. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 21(3) 189-197.

Coren, S. & Aks, D.J. (1990). The moon illusion in pictures: A multimechanism approach. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 16(2), 365-380.

Paulus, D.L., Aks, D.J. & Coren, S. (1990). Independence of performance and self-report measures of distractibility. Journal of Social Psychology, 130(6), 781-788.

Aks, D.J. & Coren, S. (1990). Is susceptibility to distraction related to mental ability? Journal of Educational Psychology, 82(2), 388-390.

Coren, S., Porac C., Aks, D.J. & Morikawa K. (1988). A method to assess the relative contribution of lateral inhibition to the magnitude of visual geometric illusions. Perception and Psychophysics, 43(6), 551-558.

Selected conference papers & published abstracts (*Student Collaborators)

Aks, D.J. (2005). 1/f dynamic in complex visual search: Evidence for self-organized criticality in human perception. NSF sponsored workshop on Nonlinear Methods in Psychology. George Mason Univ, October 24-25, 2003 (chapter in NSF Dynamical Systems e-book).

Aks, D.J., (2004). Comparing e-resources: D2L vs. DIY (Do-it-Yourself) 1st Int'l Desire2Learn (D2L-Course management software) Users Conference, Madison WI.

*Meyer, S. & Aks, D.J. (2001). Is Phantom limb pain an expression of cortical reorganization? Psychonomics Society, New Orleans, LA.

Aks, D.J., Zelinsky, G., & Sprott, J.C. (2001). Memory across eye-movements: 1/f dynamic in Visual Search. Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, Fl.

Aks, D.J., (1999). The role of depth and 1/f dynamics in resolving perceptual ambiguity. European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Trieste, Italy.

Aks, D.J. (1999). Depth and 1/f dynamics in resolving perceptual ambiguity. Cognitive Science and Interdisciplinary Learning (CSAIL), Hood River OR.

Aks, D.J., *Nokes, T. Sprott, J.C. & *Keane, E. (1998). Resolving perceptual ambiguity in the Necker Cube: A dynamical systems approach. Psychonomics Society, Dallas TX.

*Huk, A.C., Durgin, F.H., Banton, T.A., Aks, D.J., *Lewis, D.A., *Gold, S & Jain, R. (1997). The rubber pencil illusion: Beyond persistence. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 34 (1) Suppl.: #1783.

Aks, D.J. & *Carlton, E. (1996). Rapid visual search in isoluminant texture gradients: Can we perceive depth-from-color? Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 37 (3) Suppl.: #1364.

Aks, D.J., *Rosenkranz, C & *Powell, M. (1996). Does aerial perspective have a depth influence on rapid visual search? Psychonomics Society, Chicago IL.

*Steffes, S., Aks, D.J. & *Kilkenny, B. (1996). The influence of aerial perspective on rapid visual search. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 37 (3) Suppl.: #1365.

*LaSelva, J., *Shea, R. & Aks, D.J. (1995). Effect of aerobic and anaerobic exercise on visual search performance. American Psychological Society, New York, NY.

Aks, D. J. (1995). Influence of photo-realistic depth cues on visual search. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 36 (3) Suppl.: #2992. <Abstr>;. Web summary of talk >; <TalkNotes>

*Hubin, F., *Siefert, J. & Aks, D.J. (1995). Perceiving depth from isoluminant gradients. American Psychological Society, New York, NY.

*Gilbertson, H., *Hubin, F, & *Siefert, J. (Aks, D.J.-sponsor) (1995). Searching Photo-Realistic Depth Cues. Psi Chi Undergraduate Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison. WI.

Aks, D.J. & *Dalman, R. (1994). Horizontal-vertical illusion penetrates early and late vision. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 37 (3) Suppl.: #1708.

Invited talks
2004–Examining the dynamic of complex visual search. NSF sponsored workshop: Nonlinear Methods in Psychology. George Mason Univ, October 24-25, 2003 (See chapter in NSF Dynamical Systems e-book).

2003Psychological tools to distinguish fact from fiction in today's war on terror. UW-W United for Peace Conference.

2000–Memory across eye-movements. 1/f dynamic in visual search. UW-Madison-Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar.

1999–Fractal dynamics in perception. UW-W Darwin days Biology Seminar.

1999– Dynamical systems in human perception UW-W Physics Seminar.

1998– Resolving perceptual ambiguity in the Necker Cube: A dynamical systems approach. UW-Madison-Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar.

1996– Influence of photorealistic depth cues on visual search. UW-Madison-Experimental Psychology Seminar.

1996– Response time as a tool to understand cognition. UW-W Biology Seminar

Pending grant & articles

Aks, D.J. Examining the dynamic of complex visual search. National Science Foundation—Human & Social Dynamics: Competition FY2007/8 (Research initiative). [draft.pdf]

Aks, D.J. . Rapid visual search in isoluminant texture gradients: Can we perceive depth-from-color? [abstr.html], [draft.pdf]

Aks, D.J., Treadmill exercise speeds visual search and focuses attention. [abstr.html] [draft.pdf]

Aks, D.J. & *Werra, T. The effect of cognitive engagement, preference and familiarity on pupil response in a Green-Wing Macaw Parrot (Ara chloroptera A. Macao Psittaciformas)
[abstr.html], [draft.pdf] .

Service+

University & community (See also invited talks)
2004-2005–Instructional Design Specialist – Search Committee
2003-2005–Learning & Technology Center – Faculty contributor
2003-2005–Assessment committee on teaching effectiveness
2003-2005–Honors Program committee
1995-1999–L&S MicroComputer committee
1996-1998–McNair Mentor (Diversity) Program
1996-1997–Wisconsin Webfair Judge & Consultant
1996-1997–Campus Liaison & Instructor for Wisconsin Webfair
1993-1994–Instructional Multimedia Committee
1995-1996–Freshman Convocation Leader
1993-1995–Instructional Multimedia Committee
1994-1997–Merit Committee

Department
2003-2004–Psychology & Law Search Committee (Chair)
1997-2004–Psychology Department Computer Lab–co-design & co-managed
1996-1999–WWW design and Workshops
1997–Multimedia In-service program for Education and Psychology
1993-2004–Laboratory/ Resource Committee (Chair, 1995-2000)
1993-1996; 1998–Library Committee (Chair, 1994-1995)
1993-1995–Social Psychology Search Committee (Chair, 1994-1995)
1994-2002–Set up servers and web pages for UWW Psychology Department.
Computer Lab & Department Site: http://psych.uww.edu/

Professional affiliations
2005-2006 New York Academy of Sciences
1998-2006 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & the Life Sciences
2001 Vision Sciences Society
1989-99; 2001 Psychonomics Society
1989-1998 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
1993-2000 American Psychological Society
1994-1996 Society for Computers in Psychology
1993-1997 American Psychological Association

(Aks CV updated –10/01/06)


 

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