Laurence Maloney

Professor in Psychology and Neural Science
New York University


At Yale, Laurence Maloney majored in mathematics with occasional courses in computer science and automata theory. After graduation, he spent six years as a systems programmer designing operating systems for computers and then entered the doctoral program in Psychology at Stanford where he enrolled in graduate courses in statistics, leading to an M.S. in Mathematical Statistics and a minor in Electrical Engineering.

At Stanford, he studied color vision with Brian Wandell, issues of representation and measurement with Amos Tversky, and signal detection theory and statistical modeling with Ewart A. C. Thomas. His doctoral dissertation concerns surface color perception and color constancy. After a brief stay as an Associate at NASA-Ames, Maloney spent three years at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as an assistant professor and then moved to join the vision group at New York University, where he remains.

His central research interest is the comparison of human performance to models of performance based on mathematical statistics, physics, and mathematics.


  • B.A., 1973, Yale University, Mathematics
  • M.S., 1982, Stanford University, Statistics
  • Ph.D., 1985, Stanford University, Psychology