Department of Psychology
Denison University
Granville, OH 43023

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FAX  740-587-6417

E-mail: Heft@denison,edu



 Faculty Appointments:


            Professor                             Department of Psychology

                                                         Denison University

                                                         September, 1989 - to present


                                                         Department Chair: Psychology

                                                         September, 1996 – August, 1999


                                                         Director:  Environmental Studies   Program 1990 - 1991


            Associate Professor             Department of Psychology

                                                          Denison University

                                                          September, 1982 - August, 1989


            Assistant Professor             Department of Psychology

                                                          Denison University

                                                          September, 1976 - June 1982


Visiting Appointments:

            Visiting Scholar                   Institute for Child Development

                                                       University of Minnesota

                                                        Fall, 1994

                                                        Sponsor: Herbert L. Pick, Jr.


            Instructor                            Department of Psychology

                                                       Seattle University

                                                       Summer, 1987


         Visiting Scholar                    Department of Architecture &  Urban Planning

                                                        University of Washington

                                                         January, 1987 ‑ August, 1987

                                                         January, 1988 ‑ August, 1988


            Visiting Scholar                   Department of Psychology

                                                        University of Washington

                                                        August, 1985 ‑ July, 1986


            Visiting Fellow                Department of Psychology

                                                        Cornell University

                                                         November, 1975 ‑ August, 1976

                                                         Sponsor: James J. Gibson



             Fellow, American Psychological Association - elected, 1994

            Fellow, American Psychological Society - elected, 2005

             Henry Chisholm Chair in the Natural Sciences, Denison University, 2005 -  2010

            Charles Brickman Award for Teaching Excellence, Denison University, 2002



              Board of Directors, International Society for Ecological Psychology,  2001 –  to present

              Associate Editor, Ecological Psychology, January, 2006

              Book Review Editor, Journal of Environmental Psychology, January, 2004 – 2009

Reviews Editor,  , Journal of Environmental Psychology, January 2009 --

              Editorial Review Board, Environment and Behavior (1988 to present).

              Editorial Board, William James Studies, April, 2005 -

             Member of External Review Committee, Wesleyan University, Department of Psychology, 2004.



 American Psychological Association -- Divisions 10, 24, 26, 34 (Fellow). 

American Psychological Society (Fellow)

International Society for Ecological Psychology

International Society for Theoretical Psychology

Society for Research in Child Development

Environmental Design Research Association

Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences




            The Pennsylvania State University       1971‑76          Ph.D.  Man‑Environment  Relations, College of Human Development

            University of Bridgeport                         1969‑71          M.S.   Psychology

            University of Maryland                           1965‑69          B.A.   Psychology




Heft, H, & Marsh, K. L. (2005, Eds.). Studies in perception & Action VIII: Thirteenth international conference on perception and action. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

Heft, H. (2001). Ecological psychology in context: James Gibson, Roger Barker, and the legacy of William James’s radical empiricism. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

Book Chapters:

Heft, H.  (in press). The tension between the psychological and ecological sciences: Making psychology more ecological.  To appear in T. Pearce. G. Barker, & E. Desjardins  (Ed.), Entangled Life: Organism and Environment in the Biological Sciences. Springer.  

Heft, H. (2012).   The foundations of ecological psychology. In  S. Clayton (Ed.), Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology (pp. 1-40). New York: Oxford University Press.

Heft, H. (2012).  Way-finding, navigation, and spatial cognition from a naturalist’s standpoint.  In D. Waller & L. Nadel (Eds.). The handbook of spatial cognition (pp. 265-294). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Heft, H. (2011).  E.B. Holt’s concept of the recession of the stimulus and the emergence of the “situation” in psychology.  In Charles, E. P. (Ed.)  A new look at new realism: E. B. Holt reconsidered (pp. 191-219). Piscataway, NJ. Transactions Publishing

Heft, H. (2010).  Affordances and the perception of landscape: An inquiry into environmental perception and aesthetics.  In C.W. Thompson, P. Aspinall, & S. Bell (Eds.), Innovative approaches to researching landscape and health (pp. 9-32).  London:  Routledge.

Heft, H. & Chawla, L. (2006). Children as Agents in Sustainable Development: Conditions for Competence. In M. Blades & C. Spencer (Eds.), Children and Their Environments (pp. 199-216). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Heft, H. (1999). Affordances of children's environments. In J. Nasar & W. Preiser (Eds.), Directions in person-environment research and practice. (pp. 43-69). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing. (reprint of Heft, 1988a, with a new afterword)

Heft, H. (1998).  Towards a functional ecology of behavior and development: The legacy of Joachim F. Wohlwill.  In D. Gorlitz, H. J. Harloff, G. Mey & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Children, cities, and psychological theories: Developing relationships. (pp. 85-110). Berlin: Walter De Gruyter.

Heft, H. (1997). The relevance of Gibson's ecological approach for environment-behavior studies. In G.T. Moore & R.W. Marans (Eds.), Advances in environment, behavior, and design  Vol. 4. (pp. 71-108) New York: Plenum.

 Heft, H. (1996). The ecological approach to navigation: A Gibsonian perspective.  In J. Portugali (Ed.), The construction of cognitive maps (pp. 105-132). Dordrect: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

 Heft, H., & Wohlwill, J.F.  (1987).  Environmental cognition in children.  In D. Stokols & I. Altman (Eds.), Handbook of Environmental Psychology.  New York:  John Wiley (pp.175‑204).

 Wohlwill, J. F., & Heft, H. (1987).  The physical environment and the development of the child.  In D. Stokols & I. Altman (Eds.), Handbook of Environmental Psychology.  New York:  John Wiley (pp.281‑328).

Heft, H. (1985).  High residential density and perceptual‑cognitive development:  An examination of the effects of crowding and noise in the home.  In J. F. Wohlwill & W. van Vliet‑‑ (Eds.), Habitats for Children:  The impact of density.  Hillsdale, NJ:  Erlbaum (pp. 39‑75).

Wohlwill, J. F., & Heft, H.  (1977).  Environments fit for the developing child.  In H. McGurk (Ed.), Ecological factors in human development.  Amsterdam:  North‑Holland.


Research and Theoretical Papers:

Heft, H. (in press). Environment, cognition, and culture: Reconsidering the cognitive map. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Heft, H. (2007). The social constitution of perceiver-environment reciprocity. Ecological Psychology. 19, 85-105.

Heft, H., & Kytta, M. (2006). A psychologically meaningful description of  environments requires a relational approach. Housing, Theory & Society, 23, 210-213.

            Heft, H. (2003). Affordances, dynamic experience, and the challenge of reification. Ecological Psychology, 15, 149-180.

Heft, H. (2002). Restoring naturalism to James’s epistemology: A belated reply to Miller & Bode. Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 38, 557-580.

 Chawla, L., & Heft H. (2002).  Children’s competence and the ecology of communities: A functional approach to the evaluation of participation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 22, 201-216.

 Heft, H., & Nasar, J.L. (2000). Evaluating environmental scenes using dynamic versus static displays. Environment & Behavior, 32, 301-322.

 Heft, H. (1998). Why primary experience is necessary. Contemporary Psychology, 43, 450-451.

 Gress, J.E., & Heft, H. (1998). Do territorial actions attenuate the effects of high density? A field study. In J. Sanford & B.R. Connell (Eds.). People, places, and public policy, Proceedings of the Environmental Design Research Association, St. Louis, MO.

 Heft, H. (1993).  A methodological note on overestimates of reaching distance: Distinguishing between perceptual and analytical judgments.  Ecological Psychology, 5, 255-271.

 Heft, H. (1990). Perceiving affordances in context: A reply to Chow. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 20, 277-284.

 Heft, H. (1989). Affordances and the body:  An intentional analysis of  Gibson's ecological approach to visual perception. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 19, 1-30.

 Heft, H. (1988a). Affordances of children's environments:  A functional        approach to environmental description.  Children's Environments Quarterly, 5, 29-37.

 Heft, H. (1988). Joachim F. Wohlwill (1928‑1987):  His contributions to the emerging discipline of environmental psychology.  Environment and Behavior, 20, 259‑275.

Heft, H. (1988). The vicissitudes of ecological phenomena in environment‑behavior research:  On the failure to replicate the "angularity effect".  Environment and Behavior, 20, 92‑99.

 Heft, H., & Blondal, R. (1987). The influence of cutting rate on the   evaluation of the affective content of film.  Empirical Studies of the Arts, 5, 1‑14.

 Heft, H. (1983). Way‑finding as the perception of information over time. Population and Environment:  Behavioral and Social Issues, 6, 133‑150.

 Heft, H. (1982). Incommensurability and the "omission" in Gibson's theory: A second reply to Heil.  Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 12, 345‑347.

 Glotzbach, P. A., & Heft, H. (1982). Ecological and phenomenological contributions to the psychology of perception.  Nous, 16, 108‑121.

            Heft, H. (1981). An examination of constructivist and Gibsonian approaches to environmental psychology.  Population and Environment: Behavioral and               Social Issues, 4, 227‑245.

            Heft, H. (1980). What Heil is missing in Gibson:  A reply.  Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 10, 187‑194.

Heft, H. (1980). On Mounin's "The semiology of orientation in urban space." Current Anthropology, 1980, 21, 496.

           Heft, H. (1979). The role of environmental features in route‑learning:  Two exploratory studies of way‑finding. Environmental Psychology     and Nonverbal             Behavior, 3, 172‑185.

Heft, H. (1979). Background and focal environmental conditions of the home and attention in young children.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 9, 47‑69.

Wohlwill, J. F., & Heft, H.  (1977).  A comparative study of user attitudes towards development and facilities in two contrasting natural recreation areas.  Journal of Leisure Research, 9, 264‑280.


Encyclopedia Entries (invited):

Heft, H. (in press). James J. Gibson.  In R. Rieber (Ed.),  Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories. Springer-Verlag.

Heft, H. (in press). Ecological psychology. In N. P. Azari. Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Springer  Reference.

 Mace, W., & Heft, H. (2010). Ecological Psychology. In B. Goldstein (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Perception. Sage Publications.

 Heft, H. (2007). James J. Gibson (1904-1979)   New Dictionary of Scientific Biography. New York: Charles Scribner.

 Heft, H. (2006).  Roger G. Barker. In N.J. Salkind (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Human Development. Sage Publications.

             Heft, H. (2005a). Edwin B. Holt (1873-1946). Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press.

             Heft, H. (2005b). James J. Gibson (1904-1979). Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers. Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press.

Book Reviews and Review Essays:

Heft, H. (2011). Loose parts of environmental psychology.  [A review of Urban Diversities – Environmental and Social Issues. Edited by Marino Bonaiuto, Mirilia Bonnes , Anna Maria Nenci, & Giuseppe Carrus]. PsycCritiques. 56 (42).

Heft, H. (2007)  Environmental problems through a narrow lens. A review of Evolutionary Perspectives on Environmental Problems, Edited by Dustin J. Penn & Iver Mysterud. PsycCritiques, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, Vol 52 (42).

Heft, H., & Saegert, S. (2007). A review of:  A Natural History of Pragmatism: The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein by Joan Richardson. William James Studies, 2(1).

           Heft, H. (2007). Glimpses into the Future of Human-Computer Interaction. A review of Theories and Practices in Interaction Design,    Edited by Sebastiano                 Bagnara & Gillian Crampton Smith. PsycCritiques, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 52, 15, 15.

Heft, H. (2005). Book review: Understanding Ecological Programming: Merging Theory, Research, and Practices by Jakes, Susan Scherffius and Brookins, Craig C. (Eds.) Children, Youth and Environments, 15, (1).

Heft, H. (1998). Essay review: The elusive environment in environmental psychology, British Journal of Psychology, 89, 519-523.

Heft, H. (1995). Review essay: The Eye and the Mind: Reflections on Perception and the Problem of Knowledge by Charles Landesman. Philosophical Psychology, 8 419-423.

Heft, H., & Downs, D. L. (1995). Book review: Person-environment relations, (Eds.), B. Walsh, R. Price, K. Craik  The Psychological Record, 45, 158-161.

Heft, H. (1992). Book review: Constructing the subject: Historical origins of psychological research by Kurt Danziger. The Psychological Record, 42, 448-450. 

Heft, H. (1991). Book review: Behavior settings by Phil Schoggen. The Psychological Record, 41, 440-442.

Heft, H. (1991). Book review: The World of Touch by David Katz (Edited and translated by Lester E. Kreuger). The Psychological Record, 41, 446-448.

 Heft, H. (1991). Book review: James J. Gibson and the psychology ofperception by Edward S. Reed. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 5, 81-82.

 Heft, H. (1990). Book review: James J. Gibson and the psychology ofperception by Edward S. Reed. The Psychological Record, 40, 313-315.

 Heft, H. (1988b). The development of Gibson's ecological approach to           perception:  A review of The reciprocity of perceiver and environment by Thomas Lombardo.  Journal of Environmental Psychology, 8, 325-334.

 Heft, H. (1980). An ecological approach to cognition:  A review of Neisser's Cognition and Reality.  Journal of Man‑Environment Relations, 1, 52‑57.



Heft, H. (2012). Why the Theory of Perception that Designers Choose Matters:  Thoughts
on Environmental Perception and Aesthetics.  Plenary lecture. Meetings of the Environment and Behavior Research Association (Asia), Changsha, China, October 20.

Heft, H. (2012). Situated Action and the Origins of Ecological Psychology.  University of Tokyo, October, 17.

Heft, H. (2012). What Makes a Psychological Theory Ecological? :Integrating Gibson’s and Barker’s Approaches.  Architectural Institute of Tokyo, October, 15.  

Heft, H.  (2012).  Overview of Ecological Psychology: A. short course (30 hours), Department of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland, May, 2012.

Heft, H. (2010).  What is the Scope of Organism-Environment Relationships?   Workshop “Integrating complexity: environment and history” University of Western Ontario, October, 2010.           

Heft, H. (2010).  Workshop presenter: The ecological approach to perception.  Enaction School, Tipperary, Ireland  27th June - 3rd July 2010.

Heft, H. (2010). Discussant. Workshop: Rethinking the qualitative and the qualitative, and the subjective and the objective. University of Portsmouth, UK,  June 26.

Heft, H. (2010).  E.B. Holt’s Recession of  the Stimulus and the ‘Situation’ in Psychology. Colloquium presented to the Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, January, 2010.

Heft, H. (2009). Psychological Preference for and Restoration in Nature as Evidence for Biophilia: Six Reasons to be Skeptical. College of Design, North Carolina State University, October, 2009.

Heft, H. (2008).   The Participatory Character of Environments.  University  Colorado, Boulder, College of Architecture and Design, November, 2008. 

            Heft, H.(2008). Affordances of Children’s Environments. Symposium on Children, Homes, and the Places in Between. A series of lectures: University of                     Wollong, University of Melbourne, Wodonga City Council, Royal Botanical Garden of Melbourne. October, 2008.

           Heft, H. (2007).  The Participatory Character of Landscape. Plenary address, Innovative Approaches to  Research Excellence in Landscape  and Health,                         Open Space: People Space Research Program,  University  of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, Fall, 2007. 

          Heft, H. (2006). Taking Darwin Seriously: The Interrelationship of Ecological and Cultural Psychology. Colloquium presented to the    Department of                            Psychology, Skidmore College, Fall.

          Heft, H. (2006).  Psychology Entering the 21st Century: Ecological and Cultural Considerations.  Colloquium presented to the Department of                   Psychology,              Ohio Wesleyan University, Fall.

        Heft, H. (2006). A Pragmatist Approach to Environmental Perception and Aesthetics. Invited presentation for the 26th International Congress on Applied                 Psychology, Athens, Greece.

        Heft, H. (2004). "How Feelings Disclose the World: The Place of Feelings in Perceiving." Invited presentation at the symposium marking the centennial of                 James Gibson's birth, Aarhus, Denmark.

        Heft, H. (2003). Lessons Psychology Still Can Learn from William James.  Invited colloquium for the Department of Psychology, Wright State University,                  Dayton, Ohio.

         Heft, H. (2003). What Psychology Can Still Learn from William James. Presentation to Department of Psychology, Graduate Center, City  University of New             York, New York City.

         Heft, H. (2002). Overview of Ecological Psychology in Context. For workshop on the book, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK.

         Heft, H. (2002). What’s Different about Affordances? Keynote address to the meeting of the UK Environmental Psychologists, University of Surrey, Guildford,          UK.

Heft, H. (2002). William James’s Philosophy of Radical Empiricism and James Gibson’s Ecological Approach to Knowing.  Paper presented in the                          symposium  "Foundational Ideas in the Development of Ecological Psychology,” at the meetings of the history and philosophy of psychology section of the                 British Psychological Society, York University, St. John College, UK.

Heft, H. (2001). From “Thing and Medium” to Ecological Psychology: A Tale of Two Research Programs. Colloquium presented to the Center for Cognitive Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

           Heft, H. (1998). Teaching Psychology in a Liberal Arts Setting. Colloquium presented to the Social Psychology Program, The Ohio State University,                             Columbus, Ohio.

            Heft, H. (1998). What Ever Happened to the E in Lewin’s B = f(P,E)? Colloquium presented to the Social Psychology Program, The Ohio State University,                 Columbus, Ohio.

Heft, H. (1995). Navigation and the Temporal Structure of Path Information. Colloquium presented to the Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

            Heft, H. (1995). Behavior Settings as Psychological Resources. Colloquium presented to the Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Heft, H. (1994).  Barker's Behavioral Ecology: The Other Ecological Psychology.  Colloquium presented at the Institute for Child Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

            Heft, H. (1979). The conceptual and methodological perspective of environmental psychology.  A presentation to the Department of Psychology, Ohio                         Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.

            Heft, H. (1979). Noise and the developing child.  A presentation to the Department of Psychology, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio.



            Heft, H., Hoch, J.E., and Edmonds, T. (2012) Situated action and the affordances of place. Paper presented in the symposium, “Agency and the                                 Environment” (Organizer: R. Withagen). The 12th European Conference on Ecological Psychology, Miraflores de la Sieera, Madrid, June 27-30.

            Heft, H. (2012).  The pragmatics of environmental cognition. Paper presented in the symposium “Pragmatic reflections on situated actions” (Organizer: H.                     Heft). The midwinter meetings of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Div. 24, APA), Austin, Texas.

            Heft, H. (2011).  What is Psychology’s Unit of Analysis?  Paper presented at the meetings of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology,                                     Thessaloniki, Greece, June, 2011.

            Heft, H. (2006). The Social Constitution of Ecological Psychology. Paper presented at the European Workshop on Ecological Psychology, University of                             Groningen, The Netherlands.

            Heft, H. (2005). Organizer of symposium: "Ecological Psychology in Retrospect and Prospect." Meetings of the International Conference on Perception and Action, Pacific                             Grove, CA.

               Heft, H. (2005). Discussant for symposium, "Learning Affordances in a Complex Social Environment: A Developmental Perspective." Meetings of the                             International Conference on  Perception and Action, Pacific Grove, CA.

             Heft, H., & Poe, G. (2005). Pragmatism, environmental aesthetics, and the spectator approach to visual perception. Paper presented at the meetings of                     the American Psychological  Association, Washington, D.C.

             Heft, H. (2004). Discussant for symposium, "Heft's Ecological Psychology in Context" - Author meets critics," the meeting of the American Philosophical                     Association, Boston, MA.

             Heft, H. (2003). Recovering the Roots of Gibson’s Theory of Direct Perception: Implications for Contemporary Theory. Presentation to the Perception and                 Cognition Research Groups, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

                Heft, H. (2002). Commentary: North-South Dialogues on Child-Friendly Environments, Children’s Mobility and Participation in the New Millennium,                                             Meetings of the International Association of the Study of Person-Environments, La Coruna, Spain. , July, 2002.

      Heft, H. (2002). Affordances, Dynamic experience, and the Challenge of Reification. Invited paper, symposium “Defining affordances”, at the North                             American Meeting of the International Society for Ecological Psychology, Oxford, Ohio.

       Heft, H. (2001). The Realist Legacy of William James. Paper presented at the meetings of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco.

                 Heft, H. (2001). How Ecological Optics Advances James’s Realist Intentions for Radical Empiricism.  Paper presented at the meetings of the                                     International Society for Theoretical Psychology, Calgary, Alberta.

                Heft, H. (2000). From Route Knowledge to Configurational Knowledge: Perceiving Invariant Structure among Landscape Features. Posterbook for the                     Sixth European Workshop on Ecological Psychology, Trondheim, Norway.

                Heft, H., & McFarland, D. (1999). Children’s and Adult’s Assessments of a Step Affordance for Self and Others. Poster presented at the meetings of the                         Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

     Heft, H. (1997). William James, E.B. Holt, and the Intentionality in Gibson's Ecological Psychology. In E.E. Kadar & A.P. Costall (Chairs)             "Gibson,   Intentionality and the Revolt Against Dualism."  Symposium at the meetings of the International Conference on Perception and                     Action, Scarborough,   Ontario.

     Heft, H. (1997). Discussant. In  J.C. Rutkowski (Chair) "Emerging Effectivities: Intention in Action." Symposium at the meetings of the                                     International Conference on Perception and Action, Scarborough, Ontario.

    Heft, H., & Kent, M. (1993).  Way-Finding as Event Perception: The Structure of Route            Information.  In H. Heft (Chair) "Navigation and                      Environmental Cognition: Ecological Considerations".  Symposium at the meetings of the International Conference on Event Perception and Action,             Vancouver, British Columbia.

                Heft, H. (1992). Navigation, Environmental Cognition, and the `Psychologist's Fallacy'.  Paper presented at the meetings of the Association of                                         College Schools of Planning, Columbus, Ohio.

                Heft, H. (1992). Discussant: Integrating the Ecological Approach into History and Systems Courses.  Meetings of the International Society for                                      Ecological Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.

     Heft, H. (1990). Affordances, intentionality, and social knowing. Invited paper for symposium, "The relevance of physical and social affordances    for     social knowing", meetings of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.


  Glotzbach, P. A., & Heft, H. (1982). Ecological and phenomenological  contributions to the psychology of perception.  Symposium paper presented at the Western Division Meetings of the American Philosophical Association, Columbus, Ohio.


           Heft, H. (1982). Teaching environmental psychology as a perspective on the discipline. Paper presented in the symposium "Teaching    Environmental                          Psychology" at the meetings of the Eastern   Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD.

Heft, H. (1981).  Noise and its effects on perceptual‑cognitive  development:  A functional analysis.  In A. Bronzaft (Chair), Noise and Learning.  Symposium at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

 Heft, H. (1981). Vistas and transitions as information for way‑finding. Paper presented at the meetings of the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles.

 Heft, H. & Swagart, K.  (1978).  An exploratory investigation of way‑finding.  Paper presented at the meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, D. C.

  Wohlwill, J. F.  & Heft, H. (1975).  Environments fit for the developing child.  Paper presented at the meetings of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Guildford (England).

  Heft, H. & Adams, J. R. (1974).  Social stimulation and the crowding experience.  Paper presented at the meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia.


Heft, H. (1971).  Adaptation to a short‑term exposure to crowding.  In J.F. Wohlwill (Chair), Experimental studies of adaptation to environmental stressors.  Symposium conducted at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Philadelphia.


Brief Reviews (Books and Films):


Heft, H., & Wagner, B. (2004) Livable Landscapes: By Chance or By Choice? AAAS Science Books & Films, 40, 88-89.

 Heft, H. (2003). The Sense of Being Stared At by Rupert Sheldrake. AAAS Science Books & Films.

 Heft, H. (2002). The Science of Illusions by Jacques Ninio. AAAS Science Books & Films, 38, 506.

 Heft, H. (2001). Cities, Bullfrog Films. AAAS Science Books and Films, 37, 175-176.

 Heft, H. (2000). The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World by Colin McGinn. AAAS Science Books and Films, 2000, 36, 56.

 Heft, H. (1996). Architecture and the American Dream by C. Whitaker. AAAS Science Books and Films, 1996, 32.

 Heft, H. (1994). Barrier-Free Residential Design by A. Peloquin. AAAS Science Books and Films, 1994, 30, 106.

 Heft, H. (1991). Light, Wind, and Structure by R. Mark. AAAS Science Books and Films,  1991, 27, 8.

             Heft, H. (1986). “To Kill the Future” AAAS Science Books and Films, 1986, 21, 199.

 Heft, H. (1985). Piaget:  Critique and Reassessment.  by D.  Cohen. AAAS Science Books and Films,1985, 20, 125.

 Heft, H. (1982). Advances in Environmental Psychology.  Vol.  3.  Energy: Psychological Perspective, (Eds.) A.  Baum & J.  Singer. AAAS Science Books and Films, 1982, 18, 6.

            Heft, H. (1982). “Paradox on 72nd street” and Films, AAAS Science Books,  18, 96.

 Heft, H. (1982)  “Agent Orange:  A story of dignity and doubt” AAAS Science Books and Films, 17, 278.

 Heft, H. (1981). “The social life of small urban spaces” AAAS Science Books and Films, 16, 164.

            Heft, H. (1979). “Writing on the wall” AAAS Science Books and Films, 15, 179‑180.

 Heft, H. (1978). “Perception ‑ the eye within” AAAS Science Books and Films, 13, 226.



Heft, H.  (2007).  Podcast interview: James J. Gibson and ecological psychology. In the series This Week in the History of Psychology. York University, Toronto.


Heft, H  (1969). "The Cat Woman of Thurmond, Maryland." Recorded interviews of 17 residents of Thurmond, Maryland. American Folklife Center, The Library of Congress. AFS 17,399B1-17,400A6.





Heft, H.  (1976).  An examination of the relationship between environmental stimulation in the home and selective attention in young children.  Ph.D. Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.


Heft, H.  (1971).  Human reactions to conditions of unusual crowding over  time.  Master's Thesis, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Connecticut.




Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Fall, 2006.

Robert C. Good Research Fellowship, Denison University, Spring, 1986, Spring, 1995, Fall, 1999, Spring, 2009.

Research grant, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1980‑81, for the project, A Naturalistic Approach to Perception, (with P. A. Glotzbach).

Denison University Professional Development Awards:  1978, 1980, 1981, 1982,

            1983, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.

Denison University Research Foundation Grants:  1977‑78, 1978‑79, 1980‑81,

            1982‑83, 1983‑84, 1984‑85, 1988‑89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-6.






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Journal of Positive Psychology (2006)

William James Studies (2005-

Theory and Psychology (2000)

Ecological Psychology (1989- to present)

Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior (1983, 1990-2006)

Philosophical Psychology (1991, 1995, 1999, 2005)

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New Ideas in Psychology (2010)

International Journal of Disability, Development and Education (2012)

Religion, Brain, and Behavior (2012)

Urban Forestry (2010-2011)

Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy (2004)

Children, Youth and Environments (2004 --

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Human Movement Sciences (2003)

Journal of Applied Social Psychology  (1987, 1978, 1999)

Behavior Research Methods, Instruments and Computers (1996).

Psychological Bulletin (1993)

Children's Environments Quarterly (1988-1989, 1994) 

The Psychological Record (1988-1994, 1996, 2002)

Environmental Psychology and Nonverbal Behavior.  (1979)

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External reviewer for tenure cases:

Cornell University

Franklin & Marshall College

Graduate Center, City University of New York





External member of Ph.D. Committee

Graduate Center, City University of New York

Queensland University (Australia) 

Wright State University (in progress)



Harry Heft,
Jun 25, 2017, 9:42 AM