Lewis O. Harvey, Jr.
Psychology and Neuroscience • Institute of Cognitive Science

Department of Psychology
Campus Box 345
MUEN 251B 
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0345

Lewis O. Harvey, Jr. is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He was a post-doctoral fellow and then a research associate at MIT, a scientific coworker at the Institute for Perception, Soesterberg, The Netherlands, and a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Optometry before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado in 1974. Since then, he has been guest professor at the Institute for Medical Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, at the Albert–Ludwigs–University, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and at the Nijmegen Institute for Cognition and Information University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Professor Harvey’s areas of research include vision and visual perception, psychophysics and human factors. He has made precise measurements of the properties of human perceptive fields using psychophysical methods and compared these fields with the receptive fields of visual cells in the monkey. He is also investigating the effects of dynamic organization of perception caused by the interaction among spatial elements of the visual stimulus. He has developed rapid and efficient methods for measuring sensory sensitivity in vision and has applied these methods to chemosensory sensitivity testing.

Selected Publications:

Harvey, L. O., Jr., & Doan, V. V. (1990). Visual masking at different polar angles in the two-dimensional Fourier plane. Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 7(1), 116-127.

Igel, A., & Harvey, L. O., Jr. (1991). Spatial distortions in visual perception. Gestalt Theory, 13(4), 210-231.

Harvey, L. O., Jr. (1992). The critical operating characteristic and the evaluation of expert judgment. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 53(2), 229-251.

Strasburger, H., Rentschler, I., & Harvey, L. O., Jr. (1994). Cortical magnification theory fails to predict visual recognition. European Journal of Neuroscience, 6, 1583-1588.

Harvey, L. O., Jr. (1997). Efficient estimation of sensory thresholds with ML-PEST. Spatial Vision, 11(1), 121-128.

Linschoten, M. R., Harvey, L. O., Jr., Eller, P. M., & Jafek, B. W. (2001). Fast and accurate measurement of taste and smell thresholds using a maximum-likelihood adaptive staircase procedure. Perception & Psychophysics, 63(8), 1330-1347

Linschoten, M. R. I., & Harvey, L. O., Jr. (2004). Detecting malingerers by means of response-sequence analysis. Perception & Psychophysics, 66(7), 1190–1199.