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Contact & Location

Moscow

Psychology & Communications Studies

Temporary Physical Address:
McClure Hall 403B
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
E-MAIL: seanm@uidaho.edu

HUMAN FACTORS
hfactors@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Russell Jackson

Russell E. Jackson, Ph.D.


Office: McClure Hall 303C
Phone: 5-6261
Email: rjackson@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Psychology & Communications Studies, University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Psychology and Communication Studies
Assistant Professor

With UI Since 2012


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Human Factors
    • Human Evolution
    • Navigation
    • Visual Perception
  • Biography
    Dr. Jackson received a B.A. in Psychology minoring in Biology from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in Psychology focusing on Statistics from the University of Texas.  He served as an Assistant Professor at a university in southern California for five years before arriving at the University of Idaho in 2012.

    Dr. Jackson's research investigates how the environments in which humans evolved may have shaped how we navigate and perceive our envioronment.  His work focuses on human factors applications in the navigation of environmental hazards.  He uses virtual reality methods and live outdoor testing in order to determine how perception and navigation adapt to risks such as falling.
  • Selected Publications

    Jackson, R. E. (2013). Preference for the nearer of otherwise equivalent navigational goals quantifies behavioral motivation and natural selection. PLoS ONE 8(1), 1-4.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.005

    Jackson, R. E. Cook, T. C., & Seitz, A. (2013).  Context is quick, knowledge is slow, rapid time-course of contextual modulations in the horizontal-vertical illusion.  Manuscript in revision for publication at Perceptual & Motor Skills.

    Jackson, R. E. & Willey, C. R. (2013). Evolved navigation theory and the plateau illusion. Manuscript accepted pending minor revision at Cognition.

    Jackson, R. E. Willey, C. R., & Cormack, L. K. (2013). Learning and exposure affect environmental perception less than evolved navigation costs. Manuscript in revision for publication at PLoS One.

    Willey, C. R. & Jackson, R. E. (2013). Watch your step: Environmental distance perception and visual context. Manuscript under review at Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

    Jackson, R. E. & Willey, C. R. (2011). Evolved navigation theory and horizontal visual illusions.  Cognition, 119, 288-294.  doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2010.11.003

    Amiton, C., Nessler, J., Owen, A., Martin, B., Jackson, R., & Witzke K. A. (2010).  Landing strategies may attenuate peak ground reaction forces in a home-based jumping program in premenopausal women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42 (5).

    Jackson, R. E. & Cormack, L. K. (2010). Reducing the presence of navigation risk eliminates strong environmental illusions.  Journal of Vision, 10(5): 9, 1-8. doi:10.1167/10.5.9

    Jackson, R. E. (2009). Individual differences in distance perception. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276, 1665-1669.

    Jackson, R. E. & Cormack, L. K. (2008). Evolved navigation theory and the environmental vertical illusion. Evolution and Human Behavior, 29 (5), 299-304. doi: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2008.03.001

    Jackson, R. E. & Cormack, L. K.  (2007).  Evolved navigation theory and the descent illusion.  Perception & Psychophysics, 69(3), 353-362. 

    Jackson, R. E. & Cormack, L. K.  (2006).  Previously unknown illusion predicted by evolved navigation theory [Abstract].  Journal of Vision, 6(6), 962.

    Jackson, R. E. (2005).  Falling towards a theory of the vertical-horizontal illusion.  Studies in Perception and Action, 8, 241-244.

  • Research Projects

    Current research includes a virtual and physical reality investigation of the individual differences in navigation.

  • Awards and Honors

    Psychology Professor of the Year, California State University San Marcos, Sole departmental award, given for student engagement in research and teaching, 2010-2011

    Psychology Professor of the Year, California State University San Marcos, Sole departmental award, given for student engagement in research and teaching, 2010-2011

    Human Behavior and Evolution Society Outstanding Post-Doctoral Research Award, Kyoto, Japan, One of only three awards given by HBES and the only one for this career stage, 2008

    Janet Spence Commendation, University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Teaching, 2007

    University of Texas Recruitment Fellowship, Top 1% of over 15,000 graduate students, 2002