Brett Fajen

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science

Brett has a BS in Mathematics from Bucknell University (1993) and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Connecticut (1999). His thesis advisor at UConn was Michael Turvey, and his research focused on optic flow, heading perception, and visually guided steering. From 1999 to 2001, he did a post-doc with Bill Warren in the Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences Department at Brown University. In 2001, Brett joined the Cognitive Science Department at Rensselaer, where he is currently an Associate Professor.
Brett’s research focuses on perception and action. His main interests are the visual control of locomotion and perceptual-motor learning and adaptation. His research on these topics contributes to the development of the ecological and dynamical systems approaches to perception and action.
Brett teaches an undergraduate-level course in Sensation & Perception and a graduate-level course in Perception & Action. He is currently supervising four graduate students and several undergraduate students, and serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.


B.S. in Mathematics (Bucknell University) 1993

PhD. in Experimental Psychology (University of Connecticut) 1999

Research Focus
  • perception and action