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Raymond S. Nickerson
Research Professor of Psychology

Representative Publications


  • Nickerson, R. S., Perkins, D. N., & Smith, E. E. (1985). The teaching of thinking. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum .
  • Nickerson, R. S. (1986). Using computers: Human factors in information systems. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (1986). Reflections on reasoning. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum .
  • Nickerson, R. S. (1992). Looking ahead: Human factors challenges in a changing world. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum .
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2003). Psychology and environmental change. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum .
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2004). Cognition and chance: The psychology of probabilistic reasoning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum .
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2008). Aspects of rationality: Reflections on what it means to be rational and whether we are. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2010). Mathematical reasoning: Patterns, problems, conjectures and proofs. New York: Psychology Press.

Edited books:

  • Nickerson, R. S. (Ed.). (1980). Attention and performance VIII. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum .
  • Nickerson, R. S. & Zodhiates, P. P. (Eds.). (1988). Technology in education: Looking toward 2020. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum .
  • Nickerson, R. S. (Ed.). (1995). Emerging needs and opportunities for human factors research. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
  • Durso, F. (Ed.), Nickerson, R. S., Schvaneveldt, R. W., Dumais, S. T., Lindsay, D. S., & Chi, M. T. H. (Assoc. Eds.). (1999). The handbook of applied cognition. New York: Wiley.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (Ed.) (2006). Reviews of Human Factors and Ergonomics (Vol. 1). Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Durso, F. (Sr. Ed.), Nickerson, R. S., Dumais, S. T., Lewandowsky, S., & Perfect, T. (Assoc. Eds.). (In press). The handbook of applied cognition (Second edition). New York: Wiley.

Selected recent articles:

  • Nickerson, R. S. (1999). How we know -- and sometimes misjudge -- what others know: Imputing one's own knowledge to others. Psychological Bulletin, 125, 737-759.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2000). Null hypothesis statistical testing: A review of an old and continuing controversy, Psychological Methods, 5, 241-301.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2001). The projective way of knowing: A useful heuristic that sometimes misleads. Current Directions in Psychological Research, 10, 168-172.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2002). The production and perception of randomness. Psychological Review, 109, 330-357.
  • Nickerson, R. S. & Falk, R. (2006). The exchange paradox: Probabilistic and cognitive analysis of a psychological conundrum. Thinking and Reasoning, 12, 181-213.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2007). Penney ante: Counterintuitive probabilities in coin tossing. Undergraduate Mathematics and its Applications (UMAP), 28, 503-532.
  • Nickerson, R. S. & Butler, S. F. (2008). Efficiency in data gathering: Set-size effects in the selection task. Thinking and Reasoning, 14, 60-82.
  • Butler, S. F., & Nickerson, R. S. (2008). Keep or trade? An experimental study of the exchange paradox. Thinking and Reasoning 14, 365-394.
  • Nickerson, R. S. (2009). Are social scientists harder on their colleagues than physical scientists were on theirs in the past? Comments on Great works of the past. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 79-83.
  • Nickerson, R. S. & Butler, S. F. (2009). On producing random binary sequences. American Journal of Psychology, 122, 141-151.

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