Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Mary Hayhoe

The University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Psychology, 1 University Station A8000, Austin, Texas 78712-0187, USA

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Mary Hayhoe is a Professor in the Psychology Department and the Center for Perceptual Systems at the University of Texas at Austin. She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland, Australia and her Ph D in Psychology at the University of California at San Diego. Before moving to UT, she was at the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester where she was Associate Director of the Center from 1992 to 2001 and Director of the Cognitive Science Program 1998 to 2000. She is recognized for her work in eye movements, attention, and working memory, particularly in natural tasks and environments. She has pioneered the use of eye tracking in virtual environments for the investigation of natural visually guided behavior in controlled settings. She served on the NIH Visual Sciences B study section from 1994-1998. She is a Fellow of the Optical Society and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vision and the Board of Directors of Vision Sciences Society.

Current Main Research Interests

Mary Hayhoe's research concerns the functioning of vision and visually guided actions in the natural word. She uses eye tracking in both real and virtual environments to reveal the mechanisms that control allocation of attention in natural contexts and the role of working memory in visually guided behavior. She is interested particularly in the role of reward mechanisms, stimulus uncertainty, and learnt priors in control of gaze.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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