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David Landrigan

Dave Landrigan
David T. LandriganAssociate Professor Emeritus
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3958
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Research Interests

Sensation and perception, research methods and statistics, portals of consciousness, computer applications in psychology, neuropsychology, and chaos and nonlinear dynamics applications in psychology.

Dr. Landrigan's research interests are focused on depth perception, color perception, nonlinear dynamics in perceptual systems, community building, and facilitating communities through the use of telecommunications.


  • Ph D, (1974), University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH
  • MA, (1972), University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH
  • Other, (1972), University of New Hampshire - NH
  • Other, (1971), University of New Hampshire - NH
  • BS, (1968), Tufts University - Medford, MA


David Landrigan, Ph.D. came to the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 1978 from Fordham University.  He is or has been a member of the Faculty Senate, Chancellor's Council, Technology Steering Committee, Teaching with Technology Task Force, Network and Computer Migration Committee, Strategic Management Task Force, University Reengineering Review Committee, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Psychology Experimental Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Telecommunications Forum, Library Futures Committee, and Board of Academic and Scientific Affairs of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He is chairperson of the UMass Lowell Budget Planning Panel and former chair of the Faculty Senate Budget and Priorities Committee. Landrigan is a co-founder of the U Mass Lowell Community Lab, publisher of the Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture, and a member of the Flowering City Steering Committee.

Landrigan's publications have appeared in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, the Journal of Psychology, and the American Psychologist. In addition, Landrigan has published in materials research for dentistry in collaboration with faculty members at Tufts University.

Selected Publications

  • Landrigan, D.T. (1984). Measurements of the Pulfrich Effect over Days of Exposure. The Journal of psychology, 117(1) 125-133.
  • Landrigan, D.T., Bader, I.A. (1981). The Pulfrich Effect: Filtering Portions of Both Eyes. The Journal of psychology, 109(2) 165-172.
  • Brabender, V., Landrigan, D.T. (1978). Visual and Nominal Matching of Physically Dimensioned Polygons. The American Journal of Psychology, 91(2) 331-341.
  • Landrigan, D.T., Palladino, J.J. (1974). 'Readability and Human Interest Scores of Thirty-four Current Introductory Texts': Reply. American Psychologist, 29(7) 571-572.
  • Landrigan, D.T., Forsyth, G.A. (1974). Regulation and Production of Movement Effects in Exploration-recognition Performance. Journal of experimental psychology, 103(6) 1124-1130.
  • Shor, R.E., Hatch, R.P., Hudson, L.J., Landrigan, D.T., Shaffer, H.J. (1972). Effect of Practice on a Stroop-like Spatial Directions Task. Journal of experimental psychology, 94(2) 168-172.

Selected Presentations

  • - American Psychological Association,
  • - Eastern Psychological Association,
  • - Merrimack River Watershed Congress,
  • - New England Foundation for the Arts Convocation of Fellows,
  • - NHK Television Network in Japan,
  • - University of Southern Indiana,

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • Created what may have been the first illusions gallery on the world wide web. I have maintained and expanded it over the years. The site received between 600 million and 1.3 billion hits a year for at least twelve years. I hosted what has come to be known as an electronic teaching portfolio since the days of gopher use, before web browsers. The portfolio grows and is weeded every semester, in response to student needs and dating of material.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Consultant & Instructor (), Grant - UNH/American Statistical Association Grant
  • Human Services Corporation (), Grant -
  • LOCA (), Grant - Lowell Cultural Arts Council
  • Musenet & Community Lab (), Grant - Cabletron Systems, Inc.
  • New England Foundation for the Arts (), Grant -
  • Umass Lowell Telecommunications Council (), Grant -