John Hutson

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  • PhD, Psychological Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2018
  • MA, Psychological Sciences, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 2016
  • BA, Psychology, Knox College, Galesburg, IL 2010


  • PSYC 399: The Psychology of Film
  • PSYC 322: Memory and Cognition
  • PSYC 250: Statistics and Experimental Design


Around the world people engage with movies, advertisements, and multimedia learning environments that effectively guide their attention and understanding. My interest is in understanding the cognitive processes that make visual media so effective. To do this, I take an interdisciplinary approach combining cognitive psychology, social psychology, and educational psychology to examine relationships between visual attention and high-level cognitive processes in videos (movies and advertisements), picture stories, and multimedia educational environments.

Recent publications

Hutson, J. P., Magliano, J. P., & Loschky, L. C. (In Press). Understanding Moment-to-moment Processing of Visual Narratives. Cognitive Science.

Loschky, L. C., Hutson, J. P., Smith, M., Smith, T. J., & Magliano, J. P. (2018). Viewing Visual Narratives Through the Lens of the Scene Perception and Event Comprehension Theory (SPECT). J. Wildfeuer, A. Dunst, & J. Laubrock (Eds.), The Empirical Study of Comics, Routledge.

Hutson, J. P., Smith, T. J., Magliano, J. P., & Loschky, L. C. (2017). What is the role of the film viewer? The effects of narrative comprehension and viewing task on gaze control in film. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 2(1), 1-46.

Young, M. E., McCoy, A. W., Hutson, J. P., Schlabach, M., & Eckels, S. (2017). Hot under the collar: The impact of heat on game play. Applied ergonomics, 59, 209-214.