Professor Emeritus of Psychology


Ph.D., Yale University

Field of Specialty

Visual space perception. Visual information processing. Monocular visual space perception: size and shape constancy and the metric perceived space.

Contact Information


Maurice Hershenson

Experiments involve tests of the kinetic invariance hypothesis and its role in perceiving rigid and nonrigid moving objects. Theory explains how we see objects move in depth and some anomalies such as the Moon Illusion and the spiral aftereffect.


Hershenson,Maurice Eugene. "A trick of the moonlight." Nature (2003): 695.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene. "Perceptual atoms: Proximal motion vectors and the perception of object motion in depth." Brazilian Archives of Ophthalmology (Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftallmologia)., 2003. 30-43.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene, Knight, R. A., Manoach, D. A., Elliott, D. A.. "Perceptual Organization in Schizophrenia: The Processing of Symmetrical Configurations." Journal of Abnormal Psychology (2000): 575-587.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene, Schneider, D.. "An Airplane Illusion: Apparent Velocity Determined by Apparent Distance." Perception (1999): 433-436.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene. Visual Space Perception: A Primer. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene. "Linear and Rotation Motion Aftereffect as a Function of Inspection Duration." Vision Research 33. (1993): 1913-1919.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene. "Structural Constraints: Further Evidence from Apparent Motion in Depth." Perception 22. (1993): 323-334.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene. "Size-Distance Invariance: Kinetic Invariance is Different from Static Invariance." Perception & Psychophysics 51. (1992): 541-548.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene. "The Perception of Shrinking in Apparent Motion." Perception & Psychophysics 52. (1992): 671-675.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene, ed. The Moon Illusion. HIllsdale NJ: Erlbaum, 1989.

Hershenson,Maurice Eugene, with R. Haber. The Psychology of Visual Perception. Holt, Reinhart & Winston, 1973.