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Hayhoe, Mary

Mary M Hayhoe

Professor, Interim Director, Center for Perceptual Systems
Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts

David Wechsler Regents Chair in Psychology (Fellow)


Phone: 512-475-9338

Office Location
SEA 5.532

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Vision naturally occurs in the context of voluntary information gathering movements involving the eyes, head, and hand. However, we have only limited understanding of the consequences of eye and head movements for vision and visuo-motor coordination. The technology to look at performance in more natural circumstances now exists, and I have developed a human sensory-motor lab for measuring unconstrained performance in both real and virtual environments. My objective is to understand the demands placed on vision and motor systems by natural behavior and the nature of the representations that are required for visually guided tasks.


Kit D, Katz L, Sullivan B, Snyder K, Ballard D, et al. (2014) Eye Movements, Visual Search and Scene Memory, in an Immersive Virtual Environment. PLoS ONE 9(4), e94362. PDF

Hayhoe, M. & Ballard, D. (2014) Modeling task control of eye movements. Current Biology, 24(13), R622-R628. PDF


Diaz, G., Cooper, J., Kit, D., & Hayhoe, M. (2013) Real-time recording and classification of eye movements in an immersive virtual environment. Journal of Vision, 13(12), 5. PDF

Diaz, G., Cooper, J., & Hayhoe, M. (2013) Memory and prediction in natural gaze control. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 368(1628), 20130064. PDF

Johnson, L, Rothkopf, C, Ballard D & Hayhoe M. (2013) Predicting human visuo-motor behavior in a driving task. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 369(1636), 20130044. PDF

Diaz, G, Cooper, J, Rothkopf, C, & Hayhoe, M. (2013) Saccades to future ball location reveal memory-based prediction in a natural interception task. Journal of Vision, 13(1), 20. PDF

Delerue, C., Hayhoe, M, & Boucart, M. (2013) Eye movements during natural actions in patients with schizophrenia J Psychiatry Neurosci, 38(5), 317-24. PDF

Rothkopf, C. A., & Ballard, D. H. (2013). Modular inverse reinforcement learning for visuomotor behavior. Biological cybernetics, 107(4), 477-490. PDF

Ballard, D. H., Kit, D., Rothkopf, C. A., & Sullivan, B. (2013). A hierarchical modular architecture for embodied cognition. Multisensory research, 26(1-2), 177-204. PDF