David Fencsik

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

E-mail:
david.fencsik@csueastbay.edu
Phone:
(510) 885-2384
Office:
Science South 250
Office Hours:
Fall 2014: Mondays 1-2:30, Wednesdays 4-5:30, and by appointment
Vitae:
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Professional Focus

My research investigates human visual processing, focusing on how the visual system extracts information from the environment and stores it for short periods of time.

Education

  • PhD Psychology, University of Michigan
  • MA Statistics, University of Michigan
  • MA Psychology, University of Michigan
  • BS Psychology, Lewis & Clark College

Courses

Fall Quarter 2014
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
PSYC 422001Cognitive ProcessesMW8:40AM10:30AMSC-N120Hayward Campus View Books
PSYC 434501Sensation and PerceptionW6:00PM9:30PMSC-S204Hayward Campus View Books
PSYC 480201Sensation & Perception LabMW10:40AM12:30PMSC-S223Hayward Campus View Books

Publications

Palmer, E. M., Fencsik, D. E., Flusberg, S. J., Horowitz, T. S., & Wolfe, J. M.  (2011).  Signal detection evidence for limited capacity in visual search. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 73, 2413–2424.

Fencsik, D. E., Klieger, S. B., & Horowitz, T. S. (2007). The role of location and motion information in the tracking and recovery of moving objects. Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 567–577.

Horowitz, T. S., Fine, E. M., Fencsik, D. E., Yurgenson, S., & Wolfe, J. M. (2007). Fixa­tional eye movements are not an index of covert attention. Psychological Science, 18, 356–363.

Horowitz, T. S., Fencsik, D. E., Fine, E. M., Yurgenson, S., & Wolfe, J. M. (2007). Mi­crosaccades and attenion: Does a weak correlation make an index? Reply to Laubrock, Engbert, Rolfs, & Kliegl (2007). Psychological Science, 18, 367–368.

Horowitz, T. S., Klieger, S. B., Fencsik, D. E., Yang, K. K., Alvarez, G. A., & Wolfe, J. M. (2007). Tracking unique objects. Perception & Psychophysics, 69, 172–184.

Fencsik, D. E., Urrea, J., Place, S. S., Wolfe, J. M., & Horowitz, T. S. (2006). Velocity cues improve visual search and multiple object tracking. Visual Cognition, 14, 92–95.

Horowitz, T. S., Birnkrant, R. S., Fencsik, D. E., Tran, L., & Wolfe, J. W. (2006). How do we track invisible objects? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 516–523.

Gehring, W. J. & Fencsik, D. E. (2001). Functions of the medial frontal cortex in the processing of conflict and errors. Journal of Neuroscience, 21, 9430–9437.

Schumacher, E. H., Seymour, T. L., Glass, J. M., Fencsik, D. E., Lauber, E. J., Kieras, D. E., & Meyer, D. E. (2001). Virtually perfect timesharing in dual-task performance: Uncorking the central cognitive bottleneck. Psychological Science, 12, 101–108.

Presentations

Gill, N., & Fencsik, D. (2012). Effects of disruptions on multiple object tracking. Presented at the 4th Annual California Cognitive Science Conference, Berkeley, CA, April 28.

Fencsik, D., Wendel, L., Wolfe, J., & Horowitz, T. (2011). Faster is more efficient in visual search for motion. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 6–11.

Gill, N., & Fencsik, D. (2011). Effects of distraction on recovery time. Presented at the 2nd Annual UC Berkeley Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Berkeley, CA, May 1.

Hassani, H., & Fencsik, D. (2011). Motion search and motivation: A comparative study. McNair Scholars Poster Presented at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit, Hayward, CA, May 25.

Palmer, E., Fencsik, D., Horowitz, T., & Wolfe, J. (2011). Signal detection evidence for an attentional bottleneck in spatial configuration visual search. Poster presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 6–11.

Fencsik, D., Place, S., Johnson, M., & Horowitz, T. (2010). Rapid recovery of moving targets following task disruption. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 7–12.

Rich, A., English, T., & Fencsik, D. E. (2010). Visual working memory for multiple feature changes: Evidence from synaesthesia. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 7–12.

Fencsik, D. E., Wendel, L. V., Wolfe, J. M., & Horowitz, T. S. (2009) Faster moving targets are detected efficiently in visual search. Poster presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA, November 19–22.

Fencsik, D. E., & Heaton, J. L. (2009). Durability of feature-based and object-based rep­resentations in visual short-term memory. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 8–13.

Fencsik, D. E., Place, S. S., Wolfe, J. M., & Horowitz, T. S. (2007). Faster is not neces­sarily better in visual search. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 11–16.

Fencsik, D. E., Horowitz, T. S., Flusberg, S. J., & Wolfe, J. M. (2006). Change detection has no foresight: Measuring advanced knowledge of changes across displays. Talk presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 5–10.

Horowitz, T. S., Fine, E. M., Fencsik, D. E., Yurgenson, S., & Wolfe, J.M. (2006). Fix­ational eye movements do not predict attentional benefits. Talk presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 5–10.

Wolfe, J. M., Horowitz, T. S., Fencsik, D. E., & Flusberg, S. J. (2006). Visual search has no foresight. Talk presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 5–10.

Wolfe, J. M., Flusberg, S. J., Fencsik, D. E., & Horowitz, T. S. (2005). Visual search has no foresight: An event-related signal detection approach to speeded visual search tasks. Talk presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, ON, November 10–13.

Fencsik, D. E., Horowitz, T. S., Place, S. S., Klieger, S. B., & Wolfe, J. M. (2005). Target tracking during interruption in the multiple object tracking task. Poster presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, May 6–11.

Horowitz, T. S., Klieger, S. B., Wolfe, J. M., Fencsik, D. E., & Alvarez, G. A. (2004). How many unique objects can you track? Talk presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN, November 18–21.

Horowitz, T. S., Klieger, S. B., Wolfe, J. M., Alvarez, G. A., & Fencsik, D. E. (2004). Do you know what you are tracking? Poster presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Budapest, Hungary, August 22–26.

Fencsik, D. E., Horowitz, T. S., Klieger, S. B., & Wolfe, J. M. (2004). Target reacquisition strategies in multiple object tracking. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, April 30–May 5.

Horowitz, T. S., Birnkrant, R. S., Wolfe, J. M., Tran, L., & Fencsik, D. E. (2004). Tracking invisible objects. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota, FL, April 30–May 5.

Fencsik, D. E., Seymour, T. L., Mueller, S. T., Kieras, D. E., & Meyer, D. E. (2002). Rep­resentation, retention, and recognition of information in visual working memory. Poster presented at the 43nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Kansas City, MO, November 21–24.

Meyer, D.E., Kieras, D. E., Schumacher, E. H., Fencsik, D., & Glass, J. M. B. (2001). Pre­requisites for virtually perfect time sharing in dual-task performance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Orlando, FL, November 15–18.

Gehring, W. J., & Fencsik, D. (1999). Slamming on the brakes: An electrophysiolog­ical study of error response inhibition. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Washington, DC, April 10–13.

Fencsik, D., & Nilsen, E. (1997). To tap or not to tap: Button actions on a trackpad. Paper presented at the meeting of the Western Psychological Association.

Nilsen, E., Emerson, M., Fencsik, D., & Isenberg, Z. (1997). When relative mapping is absolutely better: A study of a hybrid input device. Paper presented at the meeting of the Western Psychological Association.

Nilsen, E., Fencsik, D., Smith, A., Solares, L., & Stratton, S. (1995). Reducing visual stress symptoms of VDT users with prescription eyeglasses. Proceedings of the Con­ference on Human Factors in Computing, CHI ’95. Denver, CO, May 7–11.

(CSUEB students/alumni are indicated in bold.)

Grant Awards

California State University, East Bay Faculty Support Grants, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Psychology Professor of the Year, 2009, 2011

National Institutes of Health NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004

Horace H. Rackham Dissertation Fellowship, 2003

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1997

Service

CSUEB Committee Service (current):

  • Academic Senate Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Academic Senate Writing Skills Subcommittee
  • College of Science Curriculum Committee
  • College of Science Commencement Faculty Marshall
  • CSUEB Science Festival Organizer and Presenter
  • CSUEB Faculty Hearing Panel
  • Faculty Advisor to CSUEB Chapter of Psi Chi
  • Faculty Advisor to CSUEB Psychology Club
  • Psychology Department Resources Committee
  • Psychology Department Web Page Committee

CSUEB Committee Service (former):

  • Academic Senate
  • University Library Advisory Committee
  • College of Science A2E2/IRE Committee Chair
  • College of Science Scholarship Committee
  • College of Science Computer Advisory Committee
  • Psychology Department GE Cluster Committee
  • Psychology Department Curriculum Committee

Community Service:

  • Financial Secretary and Board of Directors, Castro Valley Educational Foundation

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