David E. Irwin

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Program Area: Attention & Perception

Professor of Psychology

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    809 Psychology Bldg.
    603 E. Daniel Street
    M/C 716
    Champaign, IL 61820
  • Telephone: (217)333-7746

Research Description

Much of my past research has concentrated on a classic problem in perception: How do we perceive the visual world as unified, stable, and continuous despite the frequent disruptions caused by movements of the eyes? I have addressed this question by examining what people remember from a single glance at a scene, and by examining how people combine information across eye movements. More recently I have been investigating the effects of eye movements on cognitive processing; it turns out that eye movements actually interfere with some cognitive processes but not with others. I am also interested in interactions between perception and language, and in particular the question of how people talk about what they see.


  • Ph.D. from the University of Michigan


  • Intro to Experimental Psychology (Psych 103)
  • Perception and Sensory Processes (Psych 230)

Recent Publications

Brockmole, J. R., & Irwin, D. E. (2005). Eye movements and the integration of visual imagery and visual perception. Perception & Psychophysics, 67, 495-512.

Higgins, J. S., Wang, R. F., & Irwin, D. E. (2007). The landmark effect in perceived object stability: A general mechanism. Visual Cognition, 15, 91-94.

Irwin, D. E., & Thomas, L. E. (2007). Number processing during saccadic eye movements. Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 450-458.

Irwin, D. E., & Thomas, L. E. (2008). Visual sensory memory. In S. J. Luck & A. Hollingworth (Eds), Visual memory (pp. 9-41). Oxford University Press.

Thomas, L. E., & Irwin, D. E. (2006). Voluntary eyeblinks disrupt iconic memory. Perception & Psychophysics, 68, 475-488.

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Facilities Information

All-Gender ADA Accessible Restroom

The Psychology Department is very pleased to announce that an all-gender, ADA accessible, family-friendly restroom has been built on the first floor next to the elevators. The department partnered with F&S to construct this new restroom, which is now available to use. Please note that there is an indicator on the door showing whether the restroom is available or in use. Be sure to lock the door while using the restroom, and unlock the door before leaving.