Benjamin Kunz

Assistant Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology

Profile

Dr. Kunz received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Utah in 2010. His research examines the influence of visual perception and motor movements in the calibration of subsequent action, the behavioral and neural similarity of real and mentally simulated actions, and the integration of spatial perception and action in virtual reality.  His research is guided by the notion that visual perception is not simply a processing of incoming visual cues, but relies on body information, action planning and simulation.  Dr. Kunz teaches undergraduate courses in Experimental Psychology, Human Factors, the Psychology of Virtual Reality, and Sensation and Perception.

Research Interests

  • Visual Perception
  • Embodied cognition and perception
  • Mental simulation / motor imagery
  • Basic and applied perception in virtual reality

Selected Publications

Kunz, B. R., Creem-Regehr, S. H., & Thompson, W. B. (2010). Visual capture influences body-based indications of visual extent. Experimental Brain Research, 207(3-4), 259-268.

Kunz, B. R., Wouters, L., Smith, D., Thompson, W. B., & Creem-Regehr, S. H. (2009). "Revisiting the effect of quality of graphics on distance judgments in virtual environments: A comparison of verbal reports and blind walking." Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 71(6), 1284-1293.

Kunz, B. R., Creem-Regehr, S. H., & Thompson, W. B. (2009). "Evidence for motor simulation in imagined locomotion." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(5), 1458-1471.