John H. Flowers

238 Burnett Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0308

United States


Phone: (402) 472-3194

Fax: (402) 472-4637



Ph.D., Yale University, Psychology, 1972

B.A., Wesleyan University, Psychology, 1968


Professional Experience:

1983-present, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Arts and Sciences, Psychology, Professor

1976-1983, Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

1972-1976, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Funding Received:

Human attention and performance limitations in processing visual displays, $34,672, from 8/79 to 6/81

Human attention and performance limitations in processing visual displays, $60,429, from 8/1/81 to 1/31/84

The processing of visual information from displays containing multiple elements, $65,600, from 2/1/84 to 7/31/86


Representative Publications:

        Flowers, J. H. & Grafel, D. C. Perception of sonified daily weather records. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society 46th Annual Meeting. 1579-1583, 2002

        Flowers, J. H., Whitwer, L. E., Grafel, D. C., & Kotan, C. A. Sonification of daily weather records: Issues of perception, attention and memory in design choices. Proceedings of the 2001 International Conference on Auditory Display. 222-226, 2001

        Odgaard E. C., Flowers, J. H. & Bradman, H. L. An Investigation of the Cognitive and Perceptual Dynamics of a Colour-Digit Synaesthete. Perception. 28: 651-664, 1999

        Flowers, J. H. & Smith K. L. What is learned about nontarget items in simple visual search?. Perception and Psychophysics. 60(4): 696-704, 1998

        Flowers J.H; Buhman D.C; Turnage .D. Cross-modal equivalence of visual and auditory scatterplots for exploring bivariate data samples. Human Factors. 39(3): 341-51, 1997

        Carlson, K. A. & Flowers, J. H. Intentional versus unintentional use of contingencies between perceptual events. Perception and Psychophysics. 58: 460-470, 1996

        Flowers, J. H. & Hauer, T. A. Musical versus visual graphs: Cross-modal equivalence in perception of time series data. Human Factors. 37: 553-569, 1995

        Flowers, J. H. Priming effects in perceptual classification. Perception and Psychophysics. 47: 135-148, 1990

        Flowers, J.H. and Garbin, C. (1989). Creativity and Perception. In J.A. Glover, R.R. Ronning, and C.R. Reynolds, Handbook of creativity: Assessment, research, and theory. New York: Plenum.

        Flowers, J.H., Nelson, S.M., Carson, D., and Larsen, L.R. (1984). Automatic and expectancy-based priming effects in a digit naming task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 10, 65-74.

        Flowers, J.H., and Wilcox, N. (1982). The effect of flanking context on visual classification: The joint contribution of interactions at different processing levels. Perception and Psychophysics, 32, 581-591.

        Flowers, J.H., Polansky, M.L., and Kerl, S. (1981). Familiarity, redundancy, and the spatial control of visual attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 7, 157-165.

Honors and Awards Information:

2000-1998, Gallup Research Professorship, UNL Gallup Research Center

Membership Information:

        American Association for the Advancement of Science

        American Psychological Association

        Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

        International Community for Auditory Display

        Psychonomic Society

        Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Other Expertise:

I have served as an expert witness and have provided consultation in a variety of personal injury lawsuits that involve issues of attention and performance, perception, cognition, and judgment.


I also have considerable expertise in data analysis, statistics and research design, and have served as a consultant on statistical issues for lawsuits involving age discrimination and related issues.

Industrial Relevance:

My work in data display technology has clear relevance to development of software for data analysis and presentation, human-computer interaction and design of information displays in a variety of settings.


My work on attention has relevance to information display and communication devices used in motor vehicles, and industrial control settings.


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