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Paul Beckmann

Clinical Faculty
Degree
PhD, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Office
JRC LL07
Phone
(651) 962-5036
Fax
2-5051
Mail
Mail # JRC LL56
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Research Interests

  • Vision science
  • Visual Impairment
  • Low Vision
  • Spatial Navigation
  • Computational modeling of early vision
  • Cognitive analysis of graphical displays
  • Cognitive analysis of human-machine interaction
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Typography, Reading, and Vision

Academic History

  • PhD, Cognitive & Biological Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Dissertation: Preneural factors limiting letter identification performance in central and peripheral vision.  Advisor: Gordon E. Legge
  • M.S. Biophysical Sciences, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Advisors: Otto H. Schmitt & Russell K. Hobbie.
  • B.A., Physics, St. Mary's College, Winona, MN

Previous positions

  • Staff & Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Minnesota Laboratory for Low Vision Research (Visual Impairment, Reading, and Spatial Navigation)
  • Senior Scientist, Pillsbury R&D (Modeling of color production in food systems)
  • Lead Scientist, Medtronic Applied Concepts Research. (Implantable device development, at home cardiac monitoring systems)

Selected Publications

  • Beckmann, P.J., Legge, G.E., Kallie, C., Thompson, W. (2011) Validation of Image Filters for Studies of Visual Accessibility. Fall Vision Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Seattle, WA.
  • Beckmann, P.J. (2010) The Psychology of Graphics, in Sustainable Graphic Design, Jedlicka, W. (ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.
  • Beckmann, P.J. and Legge, G.E. (2002). Preneural limitations on letter identification in central and peripheral vision.Journal of the Optical Society A (19). 2349-2462.
  • Beckmann, P.J. and Legge, G.E. (1996) Psychophysics of Reading XIV: The page-navigation problem in using magnifiers.Vision Research (36) 3723-3733.
  • Beckmann, P.J., Legge, G.E., and Luebker, A. (1991) Reading: Letters, words and their spatial-frequency content.Society for Information Display Technical Digest.
  • Beckmann, P.J., (1982) Real-time firmware design for an implantable microprocessor-based device. Proceedings of the 10th Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Psi Chi
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Usability Professionals Association

U.S. Patents

  • Tachyarrythmia Pacer 4,493,325, February 15, 1984, assigned to Medtronic, Inc. 
  • EKG Telemetry Base Station 4,751,725, June 14, 1988, assigned to Medtronic, Inc. 
  • Process of Forming a Microwaveable Food Product Having a Selected Color 5,073,392, December 17, 1991, assigned to The Pillsbury Company 
  • Process for Microwave Browning 5,108,770, April 28, 1992, assigned to The Pillsbury Company

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
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Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
PSYC 206 - 02 Brain & Human Behavior M - W - F 1215 - 1320 JRC LL45
CRN: 40703 4 Credit Hours An examination of brain systems that subserve human behavior. Topics include: human development, consciousness, social behavior, cognition, emotion and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 111
PSYC 212 - 03 Research Methods in Psychology - T - R - 0955 - 1135 JRC LL45
CRN: 41202 4 Credit Hours Research designs and problems, with emphasis on operationalization of concepts, development of hypotheses, specific research designs, sources of error, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and use of APA format. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and STAT 220 (QMCS 220 or IDTH 220) View Online Printable Schedule
PSYC 212 - 53 Research Methods in Psyc/Lab - - - - F 0830 - 1030 JRC LL45
CRN: 41204 0 Credit Hours Research designs and problems, with emphasis on operationalization of concepts, development of hypotheses, specific research designs, sources of error, literature reviews, data collection, data analysis and use of APA format. Prerequisites: PSYC 111 and STAT 220 (QMCS 220 or IDTH 220) View Online Printable Schedule
PSYC 315 - 01 Cognition - T - R - 1330 - 1510 JRC LL62
CRN: 40813 4 Credit Hours This course will provide an overview of cognitive processes, the processes that collectively comprise what is commonly termed "thinking." Topics discussed will include perception, attention, remembering, language, problem solving, reasoning, and social cognition. The course will focus on how these processes operate in everyday situations, as well as empirical (laboratory) investigations of these processes. Connections between cognitive psychology and other areas of psychology (e.g., clinical, biological) will also be discussed. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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