Eric J. Hiris

Department of Psychology
Administrative Faculty - Department Head and Professor of Psychology


Sensation and Perception


Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

Perception, particularly motion and biological motion perception. Dr. Hiris is interested in how the brain works, including the understanding of visual aftereffects, visual illusion, and how visual information is processed and represented in the brain. Most recently he has been using biological motion displays as a way of investigating these issues.

Teaching Interests

Perception, Statistics, Advanced Statistics, Critical Thinking

Selected Publications

Hiris, E., Mirenzi, A, and Ewing, K. (manuscript in preparation). Form, not motion, is the basis of the biological motion sex aftereffect. 

Mirenzi, A. and Hiris, E. (2011). The Thatcher effect in biological motion. Perception, 40, 1257-1260, doi:10.1068/p7077.

Hiris, E. (2007). Detection of biological and nonbiological motion. Journal of Vision, 7(12):4, 1-16,, doi:10.1167/7.12.4.

Hiris, E., Krebeck, A., Edmonds, J., and Stout, A. (2005). What learning to see arbitrary motion tells us about biological motion perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31, 1096-1106, doi: 10.1037/0096-1523.31.5.1096.

Hiris, E., Humphrey, D., and Stout, A. (2005). Temporal properties in masking biological motion. Perception & Psychophysics, 67, 435-443, doi: 10.3758/BF03193322.

Courses Taught

Sensation and Perception

Research Methods

Psychological Statistics


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