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Gordon Logan

Centennial Professor of Psychology

Logan's research interest includes automaticity and skill acquisition, attention and performance, spatial cognition, executive control strategies and processes, stopping behavior, mental arithmetic, and attention deficits in hyperactive children.

Representative Publications

  • Logan, G. D., & Cox, G. E. (2023). Serial order depends on item-dependent and item-independent contexts. Psychological Review, in press.

  • Cox, G. E., Palmeri, T. J., Logan, G. D., Smith, P. L., & Schall, J. D. (2022). Salience by competitive and recurrent interactions: Bridging neural spiking and computation in visual attention. Psychological Review, 129, 1144-1182.

  • Logan, G. D., & Cox, G. E. (2021). Serial memory: Putting chains and position codes in context. Psychological Review, 128, 1197-1205.
  • Logan, G. D., Cox, G. E., Annis, J., & Lindsey, D. R. B. (2021). The episodic flanker effect: Memory retrieval as attention turned inward. Psychological Review, 128, 397-445.

  • Logan, G. D. (2021). Serial order in perception, cognition, and action. Psychological Review, 128, 1-44.

  • Logan, G. D. (2018). Automatic control: How experts act without thinking. Psychological Review, 125, 453-485.
  • Logan, G. D., Yamaguchi, M., Schall, J. D., & Palmeri, T. J. (2015). Inhibitory control in mind and brain 2.0: Blocked input models of saccadic countermanding. Psychological Review, 122, 115-147.

  • Logan, G. D., Van Zandt, T., Verbruggen, F., & Wagenmakers, E.-J. (2014). On the ability to inhibit thought and action: General and special theories of an act of control. Psychological Review, 121, 66-95.
  • Purcell, B. A., Heitz, R. P., Cohen, J. Y., Schall, J. D., Logan, G. D., & Palmeri, T. J. (2010). Neurally constrained modeling of perceptual decision making. Psychological Review, 117, 1113-1143.
  • Boucher, L., Palmeri, T. J., Logan, G. D., & Schall, J. D. (2007). Inhibitory control in mind and brain: An interactive race model of countermanding saccades. Psychological Review, 114, 376-397.

  • Logan, G. D. (2002). An instance theory of attention and memory. Psychological Review, 109, 376-400.

  • Logan, G. D., & Gordon, R. D. (2001). Executive control of visual attention in dual-task situations. Psychological Review, 108, 393-434


  • Earl Sutherland Prize for Achievement in Research, Vanderbilt University
  • 2019 International Member, National Academy of Sciences (USA)
  • 2019 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2017 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association
  • 2016 iGnoble Prize in Psychology (for Debey et al., 2015)
  • 2016 Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Howard Crosby Warren Medal, Society of Experimental Psychologists
  • 2014 Sir Frederic Bartlett Prize Lecture, Experimental Psychology Society (UK)
  • 2009 Chancellor's Award for Research, Vanderbilt University (with Tom Palmeri and Jeff Schall)
  • 2003 Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • 2001 Fellow, Division 3 (Experimental) of the American Psychological Association
  • 2000-present Centennial Chair in Psychology, Vanderbilt University
  • 1997-98 Psi Chi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • 1997 Fellow, Society of Experimental Psychologists
  • 1995-96 Graduate Student Organization Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Advising, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois
  • 1984-89 Member, Geseleschaft fur Unendliche Versuche
  • 1980-84 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada University Research Fellowship
  • 1972-74 National Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship