Palmer, Evan

Evan Palmer

Associate Professor – Department of Psychology
Graduate Coordinator – Research & Experimental Psychology MA Program
Faculty Member – Human Factors/Ergonomics MS Program
Director – Learning, Attention, Vision & Application (LAVA) Lab (




Office Hours

316 Dudley Moorhead Hall

Spring, 2019: Tues 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Spring 2020 Courses

PSYC 135 (Cognition), Mon/Wed 10:30 AM - 11:45 PM

PSYC 173 (Human Factors), Mon/Wed 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Courses Taught

PSYC 96C (Cognitive Science)

PSYC 135 (Cognition)

PSYC 158 (Perception)

PSYC 173 (Human Factors)

PSYC 235 (Graduate Cognition)

PSYC 256 (Graduate Perception)



  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2003–2007
  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998–2003
  • M.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996–1998
  • B.S., Cognitive Science, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992–1996


Dr. Evan Palmer is an Associate Professor of Psychology at San José State University and Graduate Coordinator of the Research & Experimental Psychology MA program. He is also a member of the MS program in Human Factors/Ergonomics. He earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from UCLA, spent four years as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Harvard Medical School, then was on the faculty at Wichita State University’s Human Factors Psychology program for nine years. Dr. Palmer’s research focuses on applying principles from cognition, attention, and perception to solve real-world problems. Recent research topics include how gamification techniques shape attention and motivation, web page perception, shape perception, visual attention, and visual search. Dr. Palmer also performs research in the health care sector, including work on doctors’ mental representations of patient information for handoffs, visual characteristics of medication warning labels, and assessment and improvement of OB/GYN clerkship feedback for medical students. He currently runs the Learning, Attention, Vision, and Application (LAVA) Lab at San José State University.


Owens, J. W., Chaparro, B. S. & Palmer, E. M. (2019). Exploring website gist through rapid serial visual presentation. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 4(44). doi:10.1186/s41235-019-0192-1

Palmer, E. M., Van Wert, M., Horowitz, T. S., & Wolfe, J. M. (2019). Measuring the time course of selection during visual search. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 81(1), pp 47-60. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-018-1596-6

Friedland, H., Snycerski, S., Palmer, E. M., & Laraway, S. (2017). The effectiveness of glare-reducing glasses on simulated nighttime driving performance in younger and older adults. Cognition, Technology & Work. DOI: 10.1007/s10111-017-0442-2

Keebler, J. R., Lazzara, E. H., Patzer, B. S., Palmer, E. M., Plummer, J. P., Smith, D. C., ... & Riss, R. (2016). Meta-analyses of the effects of standardized handoff protocols on patient, provider, and organizational outcomes. Human Factors, 58(8), 1187-1205.

Lazzara, E. H., Riss, R., Patzer, B., Smith, D. C., Chan, Y. R., Keebler, J. R., ... & Palmer, E. M. (2016). Directly Comparing Handoff Protocols for Pediatric Hospitalists. Hospital Pediatrics, 6(12), 722-729.

Carrigan, S. B., Palmer, E. M., & Kellman, P. J. (2016). Differentiating global and local contour completion using a dot localization paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(12), 1928.

Sivagnanasundaram, N., Palmer, E. M., & Chaparro, A. (2016). Examining Aviation Navigation Display Symbology in Visual Search. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2600), 102-111.

Palmer, E. M. & Kellman, P. J. (2014). The aperture capture illusion: Misperceived forms in dynamic occlusion displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 40(2), 502-524.

Miranda, A. T. & Palmer, E. M. (2014). Intrinsic motivation and attentional capture from game-like features in a visual search task. Behavior Research Methods, 46(1), 159-172. doi: 10.3758/s13428-013-0357-7.

Owens, J. W., Palmer, E. M., & Chaparro, B. S. (2014). The pervasiveness of text advertising blindness. Journal of Usability Studies, 9(2), 51-69.

Palmer, E. M., Fencsik, D. E., Flusberg, S. J., Horowitz, T. S., & Wolfe, J. M. (2011). Signal detection evidence for limited capacity in visual search. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73(8), 2413-2424.

Owens, J. W., Chaparro, B. S., Palmer, E. M. (2011). Text advertising blindness: The new banner blindness? Journal of Usability Studies 6(3), 172-197.

Palmer, E. M., Horowitz, T. S., Torralba, A., & Wolfe, J. M. (2011). What are the shapes of response time distributions in visual search? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37(1), 58-71.

Wolfe, J. M., Palmer, E. M., & Horowitz, T. S. (2010). Reaction time distributions constrain models of visual search. Vision Research, 50(14), 1304-1311.

Palmer, E. M., Clausner, T., & Kellman, P. J. (2008). Enhancing air traffic displays via perceptual cues. ACM: Transactions in Applied Perception, 5(1).

Palmer, E. M., Kellman, P. J., & Shipley, T. F. (2006). A theory of dynamic occluded and illusory object perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 135(4), 513-541.