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Research Interests

I am broadly interested in how perception and memory are constrained by peoples’ actions and action capabilities. I am currently working on a number of projects related to the perception and memory of affordances, sex differences in navigation and spatial perception, exploratory movements for perceiving objects and object properties, implicit memory, prospective memory, and workplace engagement.


Ph.D., University of Cincinnati (Experimental Psychology, 2016)
M.S., Illinois State University (Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, 2012)
B.A., Purdue University Calumet (Psychology, 2010)

Selected Publications

Thomas, B. J., & Riley, M. A. (2015). The selection and usage of information for perceiving and remembering intended and unintended object properties. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 807-815. doi:10.1037/xhp0000050 Download

Thomas, B. J., & McBride, D. M. (2015). The effect of semantic context on prospective memory performance. Memory. doi:10.1080/09658211.2015.1004351 Download

Thomas, B. J., & Riley, M. A. (2014). Remembered affordances reflect the fundamentally action-relevant, context-specific nature of visual perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40, 2361-2371. doi:10.1037/xhp0000015 Download

McBride, D. M., Thomas, B. J., & Zimmerman, C. (2013). A test of the survival processing advantage in implicit and explicit memory tests. Memory & Cognition, 41, 862-871. doi:10.3758/s13421-013-0304-y Download

Wagman, J. B., Thomas, B. J., McBride, D. M., & Day, B. M. (2013). Perception of maximum reaching height when the means for reaching are no longer in view. Ecological Psychology, 25, 1-18. doi:10.1080/10407413.2013.753810 Download


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