Richard Abrams

Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences​
PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan
BS, Columbia University
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  • Washington University
  • CB 1125
  • One Brookings Dr.
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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​Professor Abrams conducts research on aspects of perception, attention, and motor control. His work addresses questions about the mental mechanisms that underlie overt movements of the eyes and limbs and covert movements of visual attention.

His work addresses questions about the mental mechanisms that underlie overt movements of the eyes and limbs and covert movements of visual attention. One ongoing project focuses on the role of perceptual objects in attention and action; another examines the types of visual stimuli that can capture attention.

Selected Publications

Weidler, B. J., & Abrams, R. A. (2013). Enhanced cognitive control near the hands. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Bloesch, E. K., Davoli, C. C., & Abrams, R. A. (2013). Age-related changes in attentional reference frames for peripersonal space. Psychological Science, 24, 557-561.

Pratt, J., Radulescu, P., Guo, R., & Abrams, R. A. (2010). It’s alive! Animate motion captures visual attention. Psychological Science, 21, 1724-1730.

Davoli, C. C., & Abrams, R. A. (2009). Reaching out with the imagination. Psychological Science, 20, 293-295.