PhD: University of Virginia, 2007
Area of Specialization: Perception and Action, Embodied Perception and Cognition, Spatial Vision
Teaching Courses: Sensation & Perception
Monday- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment- X
Current Research: Professor Witt studies how a person's ability to act influences perception. For example, baseball players who are hitting well see the ball as bigger. People who are fatigued or out of shape see hills as steeper. Objects that are within reach look closer. These findings demonstrate an important role of action in the basic processes of perception.
Association of Psychological Science's Janet Spence Award for Transformational Early Career Contributions (2015)
Witt, J. K., & Riley, M. (2014). Discovering your inner Gibson: Reconciling action-specific and ecological approaches Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 1353-1370
Witt, J. K., South, S. C., & Sugovic, M. (2014). A perceiver's own abilities influence perception, even when observing others Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 384-389
Glenberg, A. M., Witt, J. K., & Metcalfe, J. (2013). From revolution to embodiment: 25 years of cognitive psychology Perspectives on Psychological Science 574-586
Witt, J. K., & Sugovic, M. (2013). Catching ease influences perceived speed: Evidence for action-specific effects from action-based measures Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 1364-1370
Witt, J. K. (2011). Action Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 201-206.
Jessica Witt: Dr. Witt studies how a person's ability to act influences their perception. For example, softball players who are hitting better than others see the ball as bigger. Objects that can be reached and grasped look closer and smaller. Targets that are easier to catch look slower. These studies show that perception is action-specific.
Location: Behavioral Sciences Building