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  • Position: Experimental Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 227, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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  • Phone: (989) 774-3001​
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae


Chris Davoli received his B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College (2004) and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis (2010). After completing his postdoctoral training at the University of Notre Dame, he joined the Department of Psychology at Central Michigan University in Fall 2013.

Research Interest:

My research focuses on the factors that shape our experience of the visual world. Through this approach, I seek to advance our understanding of vision as a malleable process. Of particular interest is how posture and action can be used to direct—and perhaps even improve—our perception, attention, and cognition. Projects in my laboratory consider both the basic mechanisms of visual perception and attention (using eye tracking technology and psychophysical techniques) and the higher-level consequences of dynamic vision (using cognitive paradigms). Through the incorporation of interactive technology and flexible means of visual presentation, my laboratory is designed to support the study of active humans performing tasks in dynamic environments.

Recent Research:

Davoli, C. C., O'Rear, C. D., McAulay, E., McNeil, N. M., & Brockmole, J. R. (in press). Hand position affects performance on multiplication tasks. Journal of Numerical Cognition.

Aday, J. S., Bloesch, E. K., & Davoli, C. C. (2019). Beyond LSD: A broader psychedelic zeitgeist during the early to mid-20th century. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. DOI: 10.1080/02791072.2019.1581961

Aday, J. S., Davoli, C. C., & Bloesch, E. K. (2019). Slowhand: Does time perception change in peri-hand space? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-019-01609-6

Normile, C. J., Bloesch, E. K., Davoli, C. C., & Scherr, K. C. (2019). Introducing the new statistics in the classroom. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. DOI: 10.1037/stl0000141

Smith, K. C., Davoli, C. C., Knapp, W. H., & Abrams, R. A. (2019). Standing enhances cognitive control and alters visual search. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-019-01723-6

Davoli, C. C., Bloesch, E. K., & Abrams, R. A. (in press). The power and limitations of the imagination to affect peripersonal space representations. Visual Cognition. 

Tseng, P., Davoli, C., (Eds.) (2015). Taking a Hands-On Approach: Current Perspectives on the Effect of Hand Position on Vision. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88919-664-7 

Biggs, A. T., Kreager, R. D., & Davoli, C. C. (2015). Finding a link between guided search and perceptual load theory. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27(2), 164-179.

Costello, M. C., Bloesch, E. K., Davoli, C. C., Panting, N. D., Abrams, R. A., & Brockmole, J. R. (2015). Spatial representations in older adults are not modified by action: Evidence from tool-use. Psychology and Aging, 30(3), 656-668.

Thomas, L. E., Davoli, C. C., & Brockmole, J. R. (2014). Competitive interaction leads to perceptual distancing between actors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 40(6), 2112-2116.

Biggs, A. T., Stey, P., Davoli, C. C., Lapsley, D., & Brockmole, J. R. (2014). Knowing where to draw the line: Perceptual differences between risk-takers and non-risk-takers. PLoS ONE, 9(3): e91880.

​Bloesch, E. K., Davoli, C. C., & Abrams, R. A. (2013). Age-related changes in attentional reference frames for peripersonal space. Psychological Science, 24, 557-561.

Brockmole, J. R., Davoli, C. C., Abrams, R. A., & Witt, J. K. (2013). The world within reach: Effects of hand posture and tool-use on visual cognition. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22, 38-44.

Thomas, L. E., Davoli, C. C., & Brockmole, J. R. (2013). Interaction compresses environmental representations in spatial memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 101-107.

Bloesch, E. K., Davoli, C. C., Roth, N., Brockmole, J. R., & Abrams, R. A. (2012). Watch this! Observed tool-use affects perceived distance. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19, 177-183.

Davoli, C. C., & Brockmole, J. R. (2012). The hands shield attention from unwanted intrusions. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 74, 1386-1390.

Davoli, C. C., Brockmole, J. R., Du, F., & Abrams, R. A. (2012). Switching between global and local scopes of attention is resisted near the hands. Visual Cognition, 20, 659-668.

Davoli, C. C., Brockmole, J. R., & Goujon, A. (2012). A bias to detail: How hand position modulates visual learning and visual memory. Memory & Cognition, 40, 352-359.

Davoli, C. C., Brockmole, J. R., & Witt, J. K. (2012). Compressing perceived distance with remote tool-use: Real, imagined, and remembered. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 38, 80-89.

Davoli, C. C., Du, F., Montana, J., Garverick, S., & Abrams, R. A. (2010). When meaning matters, look but don’t touch: The effects of posture on reading. Memory & Cognition, 38, 555-562.

Davoli, C. C., & Abrams, R. A. (2009). Reaching out with the imagination. Psychological Science, 20, 293-295.

Abrams, R. A., Davoli, C. C., Du, F., Knapp, W. J., & Paull, D. (2008). Altered vision near the hands. Cognition, 107, 1035-1047.