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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

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 Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann An examination of brain systems that subserve human behavior. Topics include: human development, consciousness, social behavior, cognition, emotion and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

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PSYC 212 - 03 Research Methods in Psychology - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC LL45
CRN: 41202 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann 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

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PSYC 212 - 53 Research Methods in Psyc/Lab - - - - F - - 0830 - 1030 JRC LL45
CRN: 41204 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann 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

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PSYC 315 - 01 Cognition - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC LL62
CRN: 40813 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann 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

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J-Term 2015 Courses

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
NSCI 490 - 01 Topics: Unusual Vision - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC LL45
CRN: 22500 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann This topics class will explore visual capabilities that do not conform to what most people think of as "normal" human vision through readings from the primary literature, laboratory investigations, discussion, and demonstrations. Special emphasis will be placed on types of visual impairmant, for example, cataract, color defect, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa, and how the visual capabilities of someone with one ot these conditions compares to "normal" vision. In addition, exploration of other visual systems will provide a better understanding of "normal" human vision. Pre-requisites: PSYC 212 and PSYC 322 or instructor's permission.

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NSCI 490 - 51 Topics:Unusual Vision/Lab - - W - - - - 1430 - 1630 JRC LL21
CRN: 22501 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

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PSYC 111 - 03 General Psychology M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC LL01
CRN: 20331 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann An introduction to the research questions, concepts, theories, methods, and findings of psychological science. Although the selection varies with instructor, topics include brain function, psychological testing, sensation and perception, cognition (learning, memory, language), states of consciousness, motivation, human development, personality, origins and treatment of disorders, social behavior, stress and health, and applied psychology (workplace, community, environment). This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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PSYC 206 - 01 Brain & Human Behavior M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC LL01
CRN: 20505 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann An examination of brain systems that subserve human behavior. Topics include: human development, consciousness, social behavior, cognition, emotion and abnormal behavior. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

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PSYC 489 - 01 Topics: Unusual Vision - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC LL45
CRN: 22495 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann This topics class will explore visual capabilities that do not conform to what most people think of as "normal" human vision through readings from the primary literature, laboratory investigasions, discussion, and demonstrations. Special emphasis will be placed on types of visual impairment, for example, cataract, color defect, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa and how the visual capabilities of someone with one of these conditions compares to "normal" vision. In addition, exploration of other visual systems will provide a better understanding of "normal" human vision. Pre-requisites: PSYC 212 and PSYC 322 or instructor's signature.

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PSYC 489 - 51 Topics: Unusual Vision/Lab - - W - - - - 1430 - 1630 JRC LL21
CRN: 22498 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul J. Beckmann The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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