[CogSci] PhD studies in virtual reality

Alen Hajnal Alen.Hajnal at usm.edu
Mon Dec 21 11:12:15 PST 2020

Dear CogSci members:

The Perception Action Cognition (PAC) Lab is looking for new graduate students for a starting date of August 2021.

Current research topics include

virtual reality


postural stability

fractality of motor behavior

What I am looking for in a graduate student is a dedicated, highly motivated person with excellent quantitative and behavioral statistics skills. Minimally, I require from the candidate to express the willingness to learn some of the essential computing tools such as MATLAB, R, and others. Our lab works with Oculus Rift VR systems and Pupil Labs eye trackers. We also have a 5-camera VICON motion capture system, a 3D printer and 3D scanner.

The successful applicant will receive a full paid assistantship (with a tuition waiver and monthly stipend) that is renewable every year for 4 years.

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2021.

As part of the application package we require the submission of official university transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants), statement of research interests, and 3 recommendation letters. GRE is not required, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Submit an application to the Brain and Behavior PhD program here:


For a comprehensive list of research publications, please check out my google scholar profile:


For recent publications, check out these links:

Dowell, C., Hajnal, A., Pouw, W., & Wagman, J. (2020). Visual and Haptic Perception of Affordances of Feelies. Perception. 49(9), 905-925. https://<https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006620946532>doi.org/10.1177/0301006620946532<https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006620946532>

Doyon, J. K., Clark, J., Hajnal, A., & Legradi, G. (in press). Effects of surface luminance and texture discontinuities on reachability in virtual reality. Ecological Psychology. https://<https://doi.org/10.1080/10407413.2020.1820336>doi.org/10.1080/10407413.2020.1820336<https://doi.org/10.1080/10407413.2020.1820336>

Masoner, H., Hajnal, A., Clark, J., Dowell, C., Surber, T., Funkhouser, A., Doyon, J. K., Legradi, G., Samu. K., & Wagman, J. (2020). Complexity of Postural Sway Affects Affordance Perception of Reachability in Virtual Reality. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. https://<https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021820943757>doi.org/10.1177/1747021820943757<https://doi.org/10.1177/1747021820943757>

Hajnal, A., Olavarria, C. X., Surber, T., Clark, J. D., & Doyon, J. K. (2020). Comparison of two psychophysical methods across visual and haptic perception of stand-on-ability. Psychological Research, 84, 602–610. https://doi.org/https://<https://doi.org/https:/doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1076-6>doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1076-6<https://doi.org/https:/doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1076-6>

Doyon, J. K., Hajnal, A., Surber, T., Clark, J. D., & Kelty-Stephen, D. G. (2019). Multifractality of posture modulates multisensory perception of stand-on-ability. PLoS ONE, 14(2), e0212220. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212220<https://doi.org/https:/doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212220>

Alen Hajnal, PhD.
Associate Professor
<https://www.usm.edu/brain-and-behavior>Coordinator of Brain and Behavior PhD Program<https://www.usm.edu/graduate-programs/psychology-brain-behavior.php>
Perception Action Cognition Lab<https://sites.google.com/view/paclab>
School of Psychology
University of Southern Mississippi
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