Otto MacLin

Department of Psychology
Faculty - Professor of Psychology


Cognition, Sensation & Perception


Ph.D. University of Nevada-Reno

Research Interests

Face recognition
Eyewitness Identification


National Science Foundation Reviewer; CSBS Senate – Chair; Society for Computers in Psychology – Steering Committee Member

Selected Publications

MacLin, O. H., & MacLin, M. K. (2010) The role of racial markers in race perception and racial categorization. In R. Adams, N. Ambady, K. Nakayama, & S. Shimojo (Eds.). The Science of Social Vision. Oxford University Press.

MacLin, O. H., & Peterson, D. J. (2010). The “Bookshelf Illusion” – A Real World Zollner-type Illusion? Perception, 39(4), 570-572.

MacLin, O. H., MacLin, M. K., Peterson, D., Chowdhry, O., & Joshi, P. (2009). Social psychophysics: Using psychophysics to answer “social” questions with PsychoPro. Behavior Research Methods, 41(3), 623-632.

MacLin, O. H., Peterson, D. J., Hashman, C., & Flach, N. (2009). PsychoPro 2.0: Using multidimensional scaling to examine the perceptual categorization of race. Behavior Research Methods, 41(3), 668-674.

MacLin, O. H., & Phelan, C. (2007). PC_Eyewitness: Evaluating the New Jersey method. Behavior Research Methods, 39(2), 242-247.

MacLin, O. H., Dixon, M. R., Daugherty, D., & Small, S. (2007). Using a computer simulation of three slot machines to investigate a gambler’s preference among varying densities of near-miss alternatives. Behavior Research Methods, 39(2), 237-241.

MacLin, O. H., Dixon, M. R., Robinson, A., & Daugherty, D. (2006). Writing a simple slot machine simulation program (pp. 127-154). In P. M. Ghezzi, C. Lyons, M. Dixon, & G. Wilson (Eds.) Gambling: Behavior theory, research, and application.  Reno, NV: Context Press. 

MacLin, O. H., & MacLin, M. K. (2005). Coding observational data: A software solution. Behavior Research Methods, 37(2), 224-231.

MacLin, O. H., Meissner, C. A., & Zimmerman, L. A. (2005). PC_Eyewitness: Administration and applications for research in eyewitness identification psychology. Behavior Research Methods, 37, 324-334.

MacLin, O. H., Zimmerman, L. A., & Malpass, R. S. (2005). PC_Eyewitness and the sequential superiority effect: Computer based lineup administration. Law & Human Behavior, 29 (3), 303-321.

MacLin O. H., & Dixon, M. R. (2004). A computerized simulation for investigating gambling behavior during roulette play. Behavior Research Methods, 36, 96-100.

MacLin, O. H., MacLin, M. K., & Garcia, D. (2004). Alias use among prison Inmates. Canadian Journal of Police & Security Services, 2(2), 91-99.

MacLin, O. H., & Malpass, R. S., (2003). The ambiguous-race face illusion. Perception, 32, 249-252.

MacLin, O. H., Tapscott, R., & Malpass, R. S. (2002). The development of a computer system to collect descriptions of culprits. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 16, 937-945.

MacLin, O. H., MacLin, M. K., & Malpass, R. S. (2001) Race, attention, arousal, exposure, and delay: An examination of the factors mediating face recognition. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 7(1), 134-152.

MacLin, O. H., & Malpass, R. S. (2001). Racial categorization of faces: The ambiguous race face effect. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 7, 98-118.

MacLin, O. H., & Webster, M. A. (2001). The influence of adaptation on the perception of distortions in natural images. Journal of Electronic Imaging special section on Human Vision and Electronic Imaging.

MacLin, O. H., Dixon, M. R., & Hayes, L. J. (1999). A computerized slot machine simulation to investigate the variables involved in gambling behavior. Behavior Research Methods, 31, 731-734.

Webster, M. A., & MacLin, O. H. (1999). Figural after-effects in the perception of faces. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 6, 647-653.


Courses Taught

Cognitive Psychology
Eyewitness Identification Issues
Wrongful Convictions
Sensation & Perception
Behavior Modification
Conditioning & Learning
History & Systems of Psychology


Bartlett 2068