Elias Economou

Short Bio

Elias Economou is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology. He got his bachelor from the Psychology Department, University of Crete and his PhD from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA. Since 2004 he has held several positions at the Psychology Department of University of Crete. His research interests include visual perception, organizational principles, attention and human/machine interaction.

Career Development

  • University of Crete, Psychology Department
    • Adjunct Professor (2004 – 2009)
    • Lecturer (2009 – 2015)
    • Associate Professor (2015 – )

Research Interests

I study the way the human cognitive system processes natural stimuli of the environment in order to perceive objects and their qualities. My work focuses on both the “decoding” of human visual perception as well as its simulation in machine systems.

Funded Research Projects (Current)


Selected Publications

  • Gilchrist, A., Kossyfidis, C., Bonato, F., Agostini, T., Cataliotti, J., Li, X., Spehar, B., Annan, V., & Economou, E. (1999). An anchoring theory of lightness perception. Psychological Review106(4), 795–834. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-295x.106.4.795
  • Gilchrist A.L., Economou E. (2003) Dualistic Versus Monistic Accounts of Lightness Perception. In: Harris L., Jenkin M. (eds) Levels of Perception. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-22673-7_2
  • Zdravković, S., Economou, E., & Gilchrist, A. (2006). Lightness of an object under two illumination levels. Perception35(9), 1185–1201. https://doi.org/10.1068/p5446
  • Economou, E., Zdravkovic, S., & Gilchrist, A. (2007). Anchoring versus spatial filtering accounts of simultaneous lightness contrast. Journal of vision7(12), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1167/7.12.2
  • Πόθος, Μ. & Οικονόμου, Η. (2010). Θέματα Γνωσιακής Ψυχολογίας. Αθήνα: Gutenberg
  • Zdravković, S., Economou, E., & Gilchrist, A. (2012). Grouping illumination frameworks. Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance38(3), 776–784. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0026335
  • Economou, E., Zdravković, S., & Gilchrist, A. (2015). Grouping Factors and the Reverse Contrast Illusion. Perception44(12), 1383–1399. https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006615607118