Chris Pagano

Professor and Associate of the Human Factors Institute

Office:  312-F Brackett Hall
Phone:  (864) 656-4984
Fax: (864) 656-0358


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1993

Research Interests:

  • Human Experimental Psychology; Haptic Perception & Kinesthesis (Dynamic Touch), Visual Depth Perception
  • Human Factors & Ergonomics; Teleoperation of Robotic Systems
  • Perception in virtual reality

Selected Publications:

  • Gomer, J. A. & Pagano, C. C. (2012). Spatial Perception and Robot Operation: Selection, Training, Gaming, & Design, Naval Engineers Journal, 124, 131-140. [pdf]
  • Altenhoff, B.M., Naprieralski, P.E., Long, L.O., Bertrand, J.W., Pagano, C.C., Babu, S.V., & Davis, T.A. (2012). Effects of Visual and Haptic Feedback on Near-Field Depth Perception in an Immersive Virtual Environment. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Perception, Los Angeles, CA, Aug 3-4, 2012. Altenhoff et al 2012
  • Long, L.O., Gomer, J.A., Wong, J.T, & Pagano, C.C. (2011). Visual Spatial Abilities in Uninhabited Ground Vehicles: Task Performance during Teleoperation and Direct Line of Sight. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 20, 466–479.Long et al 2011
  • Naprieralski, P.E., Altenhoff, B.M., Bertrand, J.W., Long, L.O., Babu, S.V., Pagano, C.C., Kern, J. & Davis, T.A. (2011). Comparing Near Field Distance Perception in Real and Virtual Environments Using Both Verbal and Action Responses. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 8(3), 18:1-18:19.Napieralski et al 2011
  • Gomer, J. A., Dash, C., Moore, K. S., & Pagano, C. C. (2009). Using Radial Outflow to provide Depth Information During Teleoperation. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 18, 304-320.[PDF]
  • Moore, K. S., Gomer, J. A., Pagano, C. C., & Moore, D. D. (2009). Perception of Robot Passability During Direct Line of Sight and Teleoperation. Human Factors, 51, 557-570.[PDF]
  • Pagano, C. C. & Isenhower, R. W. (2008).  Expectation Affects Verbal Judgments but not Reaches to Visually Perceived Egocentric Distances. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 437-442.[PDF]
  • Moore, K., Rhodes, W., Csencsits, M., Kowka, M., Gomer, J., & Pagano, C. (2006). Interface evaluation for soft robotic manipulators. In G. R. Gerhart, C. M. Shoemaker, & D. W. Gage (Eds.) Unmanned Systems Technology VIII: Proceedings of SPIE The International Society of Optical Engineering Defense and Security Symposium, April 17-21, 2006, Kissimmee Florida (pp. 62301C1– 62301C11), Bellingham, WA.[PDF]
  • Pagano, C. C. (2004). Implications of Dynamic Touch for Human Factors/Ergonomics: Contributions from Ecological Psychology – Dynamic Touch in Varying Media and for Proprioception. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 48th Annual Meeting (p1321-1325), September, 2004.[PDF]
  • Pagano, C. C., & Cabe, P. A. (2003). Constancy in Dynamic Touch: Length Perceived by Dynamic Touch Is Invariant Over Changes in Media. Ecological Psychology, 15, 1-17.[PDF]
  • Pagano, C. C., Grutzmacher, R. P., & Jenkins, J. C. (2001). Comparing Verbal and Reaching Responses to Visually Perceived Egocentric Distances. Ecological Psychology, 13, 197-226.[PDF]
  • Pagano, C. C., & Turvey, M. T. (1998). Eigenvectors of the inertia tensor and perceiving the orientation of limbs and objects. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 14, 331-359.[PDF]
  • Pagano, C. C., & Bingham, G. P. (1998). Comparing measures of monocular distance perception: Verbal and reaching errors are not correlated. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24, 1037-1051.[PDF]

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Introduction to Psychology, Psych 201, H201  (Undergraduate)
  • Cognitive Psychology, Psych 333, 334   (Undergraduate)
  • Sensation and Perception, Psych 422, H422    (Undergraduate)
  • Research Design and Quantitative Methods II, Psych 811 (Graduate)
  • Ergonomics, Psych 837 (Graduate)