Suter Science Seminars

Monday, February 1, 2010, 4 p.m.

Science Center #104


Distinguishing Between the Two Visual Systems: An Application for Driver Education


Jeff Andre, Ph.D.

It has been shown that there are two streams of visual processing: determining what an object is and determining where it is located. Evidence for this lies in the fact that these systems can be selectively affected or degraded. This talk will discuss the origins of this “two visual system” distinction, present geocentric- distance perceptual evidence for the distinction, and discuss its implications to driver education especially for driving at night.

About the Presenter

Jeff Andre, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Jeffrey Andre, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University where he has worked since August 2000. Jeff, as he likes students
to call him, usually teaches Sensation & Perception, Psychological Statistics, and a general education course on vision and audition. During his career, Jeff has published on a variety of visual perception topics including visual accommodation and convergence, vision and alcohol consumption, and automotive headlamp systems and visual performance at night. Jeff’s current research interests include egocentric distance, heading & direction, and map reading. He is also an advisor to freshmen and the Pre-Optometry Program. Jeff did his undergraduate work at Muhlenberg College and his graduate work at The Pennsylvania State University. He was also an NIH sponsored post- doctoral research fellow at Franklin & Marshall College.

See past 2007-08 Suter Science Seminars or contact Cheryl Doss at (540) 432-4400 for more information.