Image of Emily BloeschDepartment: Psychology
Campus Address: 230 Sloan Hall, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859


Emily Bloesch received her B.S. in Experimental Psychology from Millikin University (2004), her M.A. in Applied Experimental Psychology from Western Kentucky University (2008), and her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Aging and Development from Washington University in St. Louis (2013). After completing a postdoctoral teaching fellowship at Central Michigan University, she joined the department as faculty in Fall 2015.

Research Interest:

My current research focuses on how older adults represent peripersonal space, which is the space immediately around the body. This space is believed to be 'special' because it is the space in which we act and interact with the surrounding world. Correspondingly, it is the space in which multiple senses – vision, touch, audition, proprioception – combine to form a cohesive picture of our body and its exact coordinates relative to the environment. I am interested in understanding how peripersonal space representations change with age and the extent to which changes in multisensory integration may be an underlying factor. Relatedly, an ongoing interest is in applying this knowledge to understand and remediate mobility and motor problems common to aging. Studies in my lab make use of behavioral paradigms that tap both basic measures of attention and perception as well as more complex cognitive and motor tasks.

Selected Publications:

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

Costello, M. C., & Bloesch, E. K. (2017). Are older adults less embodied? A review of age effects through the lens of embodied cognition. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00267

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

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.

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.

Bloesch, E. K., & Abrams, R. A. (2010). Visuomotor binding in older adults. Brain and Cognition, 74, 239-243.