Dr. Ranxiao Frances Wang

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Program Area: Attention & Perception

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

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.