Dr. Ranxiao Frances Wang

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Program Area: Attention & Perception

Associate Head for Graduate Studies, Professor of Psychology

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Research Description

I am interested in the basic principles used by humans and other animals to solve various perceptual and spatial problems, as well as how to implement these principles in artificial systems. I have been studying the reference systems and processes underlying human navigation, space perception, object and scene recognition, and visual perception of self motion.


  • Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Psych 230: Perception and Sensory Processes
  • Psych 334: Vision and Space Laboratory
  • Psych 516: Perception


Journal Articles

  • Wang, Ranxiao F. "Theories of spatial representations and reference frames: What can configuration errors tell us?." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 19.4 (2012): 575-587.
  • Xiaoang, Wan, Ranxiao F. Wang, and james a. crowell. "The effect of landmarks in human path integration." Acta Psychologica 140.1 (2012): 7-12.
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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.