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Research Interests

My research focuses on better understanding if a person’s bodily states, whether emotional, physiological, or physical, and their bodily size modulates their judgments of spatial layout (e.g., distance, slopes, height, and size). To conduct this research, I gather data in the outdoors in natural settings, indoors in hallways or buildings, and in virtual environments. This work weds seemingly disparate fields of study: research on emotion and health and perception of the environment.

Opportunities For Students

I am considering taking a new graduate student for the fall of 2017. Please email me your credentials if interested.

If you are interested in joining my lab as an undergraduate research assistant, please email me before the start of the fall 2016/spring 2017 semester to see if we have openings.


Ph.D., University of Virginia (Psychology, 2006)
M.S., University of Virginia (Psychology, 2004)
B.A., University of Virginia (Psychology & Cognitive Science, 1999)

Selected Publications

Jun, E., Stefanucci, J. K., Creem-Regehr, S. H., Geuss, M. N., & Thompson, W. B. (2015). Big foot: Using the size of a virtual foot to scale gap width. Transactions on Applied Perception, 12, 16:1-16:12.

Stefanucci, J. K., Creem-Regehr, S. H., Thompson, W. B., Lessard, D. A., & Geuss, M. N. (2015). Evaluating the accuracy of size perception on screen-based displays: Displayed objects appear smaller than real objects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 21, 215-223.

Gagnon, K. T., Geuss, M. N., Stefanucci, J. K., Baucom, B. R., & Creem-Regehr, S. H. (2015). The influence of social context and body size on action judgments for self and others. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 1385-1395.

Piryankova, I., Stefanucci, J. K., Romero, J., de la Rosa, S., Black, M., & Mohler, B. (2014). Can I recognize my body’s weight? The influence of shape and texture on the perception of self. Transactions on Applied Perception, 11, Article No. 13. doi: 10.1145/2641568

Huynh, S. V., Stefanucci, J. K., & Aspinwall, L. (2014). Self-affirmation counters the effects of self-regulatory resource depletion on height perception. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 52, 96-100.

Stefanucci, J. K., Gagnon, K. T., & Lessard, D. (2011). Follow your heart: Emotion adaptively influences perception. Social Psychology and Personality Compass, 5/6, 296-308.

Thompson, W. B., Fleming, R. W., Creem-Regehr, S. H., & Stefanucci, J. K. (2011). Visual Perception from a Computer Graphics Perspective, New York: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. Download

My Current Graduate Students

Devin Gill
Morgan Saxon
Erica Barhorst

Last Updated: 9/28/18