Thomas F. Shipley

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tshipley [at] temple [dot] edu


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SILC Faculty Member and member of our Spatial Network.

Biographical Sketch:

Thomas F. Shipley


(i) Professional Preparation


B.A., Psychology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA                                     1982

M.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA                          1983

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA                         1988


(ii) Appointments


Associate Professor, Temple University                                                                  1999-present

Assistant Professor, Temple University                                                                   1993-1999

Adjunct Fellow, Institute for Behavioral Research at The University of Georgia 1992-1993

Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Athens                                                1991-1993

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Swarthmore College                                                            1988-1991


(iii) Publications


(a) Related to the proposed project

Kellman, P. J. & Shipley, T. F. (1991). A theory of visual interpolation in object perception. Cognitive Psychology, 23, 141-221.

Shipley, T.F. & Kellman, P. J. (2001). Edited book: From Fragments to Objects: Segmentation and Grouping in Vision. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science.

Kellman, P. J., Garrigan, P., & Shipley, T. F. (2005). Object interpolation in three dimensions. Psychological Review, 112(3), 586-609.

Bouquet, C.A., Moussa, K., Shipley, T. , Toussaint, L., & Blandin, Y. (2007) Influence of the perception of biological or non-biological motion on movement execution. Journal of Sports Sciences.

Shipley, T. F. & Zacks, J. (2008) Understanding Events: From Perception to Action. Edited book. Oxford University Press.


(b) Other significant publications

Shipley, T. F. & Kellman, P. J. (1992). Strength of visual interpolation depends on the ratio of physically-specified to total edge length. Perception & Psychophysics, 52(1), 97-106.

Shipley, T.F. (2003). The effect of object and event orientation on perception of biological motion. Psychological Science, 14(4), 377-380.

Kellman, P. J., Garrigan, P., Shipley, T. F., Yin, C., & Machado, L. (2005). 3-D interpolation in object perception: Evidence from an objective performance paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 31(3), 558-583.

Shipley, T. F. & Maguire, M. (2008) A geometrical approach to event segmentation. In Shipley, T.F. & Zacks, J. M. (Eds) Understanding Events: From Perception to Action. Oxford University Press.

Marshall, P. J., & Shipley, T. F. (2009). Event-related potentials to point-light displays of human actions in 5-month-old infants.  Developmental Neuropsychology.


(iv) Synergistic Activities


  1. a)Development of technique of markerless motion capture for recording, editing, and displaying point-light actions for research on perception of biological motion, with Jon Blumberg
  2. b)Development of a corpus of point-light actions with associated free report norms, with Jon Blumberg, URL:
  3. c)Member of Leadership group of the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center.
  4. d)Organized NSF funded Workshops of Spatial Cognition and Learning to bring US researchers together with researchers from Christian Freksa’s Transregional center for research on Spatial Cognition and Action in German (the first was held in Freiburg and second in New York City)



(v) Collaborators and Other Affiliations


  1. a)Collaborators and co-editors
  • Reinoud Bootsma, University of the Mediterranean
  • Cedric Bouquet, University of Poitiers
  • Laura Carlson, University of Notre Dame
  • Leslie R. Cohen, Private practice in New York City
  • Douglas W. Cunningham, Max-Plank Institute
  • Ken Forbus Northwestern
  • Dedre Gentner, Northwestern
  • Roberta Golenkoff, University of Delaware
  • Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago
  • Louis Gomez, University of Pittsburg
  • Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University
  • Christoph Hoelscher, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Philip J. Kellman, University of California, Los Angles
  • Susan Levin, University of Chicago
  • Cathy Manduca, Carlton College
  • Peter Marshall, Temple University
  • Nora Newcombe, Temple University
  • Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • David Uttal, Northwestern
  • Carol Yin, California Institute of Technology
  • Jeff Zacks, Washington University
  1. b)Graduate advisor: Henry Gleitman, University of Pennsylvania
  1. c)Thesis advisor and postgraduate-scholar sponsor in past five years
  • Leslie R. Cohen, Private practice in Toronto (doctoral student)
  • Megan Meyer, Assistant Professor Holy Family University (doctoral student)
  • Andrea Frick, current, Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center Fellow (postgraduate-scholar)
  • Daniele Nardi, current, Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center Fellow (postgraduate-scholar)
  • Xiaoang (Irene) Wan, Department of Psychology Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (postgraduate-scholar)

Over the past 12 years, the total number of graduate students and postgraduate fellows is,  

  • Graduate students: 5
  • Postgraduate scholars: 3
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