Henderson, John M


Professor Henderson's research program involves understanding the representations and processes associated with visual selective attention (both covert and overt), scene recognition, visual short- and long-term memory, and the interaction of cognition and perception. He has secondary interests in psycholinguistics and the integration of vision and language. He uses a variety of methods including eyetracking, neuroimaging, brain stimulation, and computational modeling.

Biographical Profile

College Arts and Sciences, College of
Department Psychology
Phone 803-777-4137
Tenure Status Tenured

Interest Background

Do you include students in your research?
Undergraduates and Graduates
Interest Keywords
visual attention, scene perception and representation, visual memory, reading, eye-movement control, psycholinguistics
Institutional Focus Areas
Biomedical Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Health Sciences, Computational Sciences
Personal Focus Areas
Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Human Vision and Attention

International Activity

International Activities
Type of Activity
Research, Teaching, Service, Other (Professor at University of Edinburgh until 2010. Continuing collaborations with colleagues in Edinburgh and London.)
United Kingdom
Ongoing collaborations with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and Birkbeck University of London.
Extended Residence in Foreign Country
Yes (United Kingdom (Scotland))

Professional Preparation(Education & Training)

Dates Institution Location Degree Field of Study
1988 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts PhD Cognitive Psychology
1986 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts M.Sc Cognitive Psychology
1983 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts B.Sc Psychology

Memberships & Professional Activities

Dates Type Description Institution/Entity
Membership Association for Psychological Science
Membership American Psychological Association
Membership Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Membership Experimental Psychology Society
Membership Vision Sciences Society
Membership Behavioral and Brain Sciences Associates
Membership Psychonomic Society

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
1988 - 1990 Killiam Scholar, University of Alberta
1990 - 1992 Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
1992 - 1998 Associate Professor, Michigan State University
1998 - 2006 Founding Director, Cognitive Science Program, Michigan State University
1999 - 2006 Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University
2001 - 2006 Co-Director, NSF IGERT Program, Michigan State University
2005 - 2006 Founding Director, Cognitive Imaging Research Center, Michigan State University
2006 - 2010 Professor of Visual Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh
2010 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, University of South Carolina
2010 Chair of the Psychology Department, University of South Carolina
2010 Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh
2010 Interim Director, McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, University of South Carolina
01/2013 Director Institute for Mind and Brain, University of South Carolina
1999 Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Recognition Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

Dates Type Description Foundation/Entity
1988 Award Killiam Scholarship, University of Alberta
Award NSERV Post-Doctoral Fellowship (declined)
Award Invited Symposium Organizer, Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver
Award Fellow, American Psychological Association (APA)
Award Invited Presentation, Experimental Psychology Society/Psychonomic Society Meeting, Edinburgh
Award Invited Presentation, 14th European Conference on Eye Movements, Potsdam, Germany
Award Keynote Speaker, Scandinavian Workshop on Applied Eyetracking, Lund, Sweden
Award Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Award National Institute of Mental Health Predoctoral Trainee, University of Massachusetts
Award Keynote Speaker, 12th European Conference on Eye Movements, Dundee, Scotland

Awarded Externally-Sponsored Funding as PI (Past Seven Years)

Gaze Control during Scene Viewing: Behavioral and Computational Approaches (13580-FA92)
Sponsor:  National Science Foundation (NSF)
Total Requested:  $497,521
Grant # BCS-1151358, 02/01/2012 - 01/31/2016
CV last updated 02/13/2013 09:30 EST
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