Michael T. Turvey

Board of Trustees’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, founder of UConn’s Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action, and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Turvey is best known for his pioneering work in ecological psychology and in applying dynamic systems approach for the study of motor behavior. His research spans a number of areas including: dynamic touch, interlimb coordination, visual perception and optic flow, postural stability, visual word recognition and speech perception. He is also the winner of the IgNoble Prize in Physics (with Ramesh Balasubramaniam of the University of Ottawa), for exploring and explaining the dynamics of hula-hooping. The IgNoble Prizes are a parody of the Nobel Prizes and are awarded each year for achievements that make people laugh, and then make them think.

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