Center for Perceptual Systems

David L Gilden

ProfessorPh.D., University of Texas at Austin

David L Gilden


  • Phone: (512) 471-6584
  • Office: SEA 3.244
  • Campus Mail Code: A8000


Gilden's research interests cover a number of topics in perception and cognition. Visual attention, working memory, and 1/f noises in biological systems are three areas of current concentration. The research in this lab is strongly influenced by the recognition that good data is harder to come by than theory in Psychology. Gilden is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Center for Perceptual Systems.


Thornton, T. & Gilden, D. (2005, September) Provenance of correlations in psychological data. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 12, 409-441.

Thornton, T.L. & Gilden, D.L. (2005). What can be seen in a glance? Submitted to Psychological Review, Spring 2005.

Thornton T. & Gilden D.L. (2001, September) Attentional limitations in the sensing of motion direction. Cognitive Psychology, 43, 23-52.

Gilden, D., Blake, R. & Hurst, G. (1995, September) Neural adaptation of imaginary visual motion. Cognitive Psychology, 28, 1-16.

Gilden D.L. & Wilson G.S. (1995, September) On the nature of streaks in signal detection. Cognitive Psychology, 28, 17-64.

Gilden, D., Thornton, T. & Mallon, M. (1995, September) 1/f noise in human cognition. Science, 267, 1837-1839.

Gilden, D. & Proffitt, D. (1994, September) Heuristic judgment of mass ratio in two-body collisions. Perception and Psychophysics, 56, 708-720.

Schmuckler M. & Gilden D.L.  (1993, September) Auditory perception of fractal contours. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 19, 641-660.

Gilden, D., Schmuckler, M. & Clayton, K. (1993, September) The perception of natural contour. Psychological Review, 100, 460-478.

Gilden, D. (1993) Perception. In S. Parker (Ed.), McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology (pp.289-291). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Gilden, D. (1991, September) On the origins of dynamical awareness. Psychological Review, 98, 554-568.

Gilden, D., Bertenthal, B. & Othman, S. (1990, September) Image statistics and the perception of apparent motion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 16, 693-705.

Gilden, D. & Proffitt, D. (1989, September) Understanding collision dynamics. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Performance and Perception, 15, 372-383.

Proffitt D. & Gilden D.L. (1989, September) Understanding natural dynamics. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Performance and Perception, 15, 384-393.

Kubovy M. & Gilden D.L. (1989) Apparent randomness is not always the complement of apparent order. In G. Lockhead & J. Pomerantz (Eds.), The perception of structure (pp.115-127). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Proffitt D.,Gilden D.L.,  Kaiser M. & Whelan S. (1988, September) The effect of configural orientation on perceived trajectory in apparent motion. Perception and Psychophysics, 43, 127-132.

Gilden, D., MacDonald, K. & Lasaga, M. (1988, September) Masking with minimal contours: Selective inhibition with low spatial frequencies. Perception and Psychophysics, 44, 465-474.


Semester         Course       Unique No.       Title

2016 Spring      PSY 355       42410        Cognition

2014 Fall          PSY 355M     43750        Cog Psychology of Music
2014 Fall          PSY 458        43760        Experimental Psychology

2014 Spring      PSY 355       44110        Cognition

2013 Fall          PSY 341K     43750         Cognitive Psychology of Music

2013 Fall          PSY458        43820         Experimental Psychology


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