Action-Specific Perception Lab

College of Natural Sciences

Welcome to the CSU Action-Specific Perception Lab

PI: Witt

Research in the Action-Specific Perception Lab focuses on how visual perception of spatial properties such as size, distance, and speed is influenced by the perceiver's ability to act on the target.  For example, softball players who are hitting better than others see the ball as bigger.  As another example, targets appear to be moving slower when they are easier to catch.  This research demonstrates that perception is action-specific, meaning that what is seen is specific to the observer's ability to perform the intended action.


Lab PI

Dr. Jessica Witt is the PI of the Action-Specific Perception Lab at CSU.  Dr. Witt received her Ph.D from the University of Virginia in 2007, and has been an associate professor at CSU since 2012. Dr. Witt recently won the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology (2017), the Janet Taylor Spence Award for transformative early career contributions from APS (2015) and the Steve Yantis Early Career Award from the Psychonomic Society (2014). Her CV can be found here.  Dr. Witt's research has been continuously funded by NSF since 2010.



Lab Members


Nate Tenhundfeld, Ph.D. student

Mike Tymoski, Ph.D. student

Emily Laitin Ph.D. student



 Contact Dr. Witt if you want to do undergraduate research in the lab.

Prospective Graduate Students

The lab is always recruiting highly motivated and qualified graduate students.