Jay Friedenberg

Jay Friedenberg


Department : Psychology

Email : jay.friedenberg@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7895

Office : MEM 430


PHD, University of Virginia
MA, University of Virginia
BA, Boston University


Dr. Friedenberg is interested in cognitive science, the philosophy of mind and visual perception. He has published several articles on center of mass estimation and symmetry perception. His current research focus is on image statistics and picture perception as well as the perceived aesthetics of geometric forms.


  • Aesthetics of geometric shape
  • Picture perception
  • Center of mass estimation

Publications & Professional Activities

Selected Books:

  • Friedenberg, J. (2013). Visual attention and consciousness. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Friedenberg, J. & Silverman, G. (2012). Cognitive science. An introduction to the study of mind. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Friedenberg, J. (2009)  Dynamical Psychology.  Complexity, Self-organization and the mind.  ISCE Publishing.
  • Friedenberg, J. (2008). Artificial psychology:  The quest for what it means to be human. New York: Psychology Press.

Selected Journal Articles:

  • Friedenberg, J. Keating, T. & Liby, B. (2012). Judging the center of human figures: Evidence for dynamic perception. International Journal of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, 1(4), 30-38.
  • Friedenberg, J. (2012). Aesthetic judgment of triangular shape: Compactness and not the golden ratio determines perceived attractiveness. i-Perception, 3, 163-176.
  • Liby, B. W. & Friedenberg, J. (2010). Visual estimation of three- and four-body center of mass. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 110 (1), 195-212.
  • Graham, D. J., Friedenberg, J., Rockmore, D. N., & Field, D. J. (2010). Mapping the similarity space of paintings: Image statistics and visual perception. Visual Cognition, 18 (4), 559-573.
  • Friedenberg, J. & Liby, B. (2008). Perceiving the center of three-body displays:  The role of size-ratio, symmetry, elongation, and gravity.  The Open Behavioral Science Journal,2, 13-122.
  • Friedenberg, J. & Limratana, W. (2008). Hierarchical numerosity estimation, Psychological Research, 69 (3), 211-220.
  • Friedenberg, J. & Liby, B. (2002).  Perception of two-body center of mass.  Perception & Psychophysics.  64(4), 531-539.
  • Bertamini, M., Friedenberg J. & Argyule L. (2002). No within-object advantage for detection of rotation.  Acta Psychologica. 111, 59-81.
  • Friedenberg, J. (2001). Lateral feature displacement and perceived facial attractiveness. Psychological Reports, 88, 295-305.
  • Friedenberg, J., & Bertamini, M. (2000). Contour symmetry detection: The influence of axis orientation and number of objects. Acta Psychologica. 105, 107-118.
  • Bertamini, M., Friedenberg, J., & Kubovy, M. (1997). Detection of symmetry and perceptual organization: The way a lock-and-key process works. Acta Psychologica. 95 (2), 119-140.

 Recent Conference Presentations:

  • Friedenberg, J., Wasilewski, A. & Donahue, E. Aesthetic judgment of texture patterns: Beauty is in the perceived density of the beholder. Paper presented at the 13th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. Naples, Florida. May 10-15, 2013.
  • Friedenberg, J., Rotondo, E. & Rypl, C. Contour variance and the perceived attractiveness of polygonal shape. Paper presented at 84th annual meeting of The Eastern Psychological Association. New York City, New York. March 1-4, 2013.
  • Friedenberg, J., Spooner, T., Rivera, E., Wasilewski, A. & McBride, N. Aesthetic judgment of geometric shape. The role of compactness. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Seattle, Washington. November 3-6, 2011.
  • Friedenberg, J. McBride, N., Spooner, T. & Rivera, E. Aesthetic judgements of geometric shape. Paper presented at the 82nd annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Cambridge, Massachusetts. March 10-13, 2011.
  • Friedenberg, J. & Keating, T. Perceiving the center of human figures. Paper presented at the Vision Sciences Society Meeting. Naples, Florida. May 7-10, 2010.
  • Friedenberg, J., Keating, T., McBride, N., & Hirakis, S. Perception of human center of mass. Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Meeting. Brooklyn, New York. March 4-7, 2010.
  • Friedenberg, J. & Liby, B. Time series analysis of picture rating data. Paper presented at the 19th annual meeting of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. July 23-25, 2009.
  • Friedenberg, J., Smyth, E., Germino, D., & Auletta, G. Aesthetic judgment of painting categories. Paper presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the Eastern Colleges Science Conference. Staten Island, New York. April 25-27, 2009.
  • Friedenberg, J. & Liby, B. Estimating the center of multi-body displays. Talk presented at the 49th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Chicago, Illinois. November 13-16, 2008.
  • Graham, D. & Friedenberg, J. Mapping the Similarity Space of Paintings: Is There a Role for Image Statistics? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Conference on Visual Perception. Utrecht, the Netherlands. August 24 - 28, 2008.
  • Friedenberg, J., Liby, B. & Flores, J. Center of Mass Estimation in Three-Body Displays: The Influence of Median Length and Orientation. Paper presented at the 8th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. Naples, Florida. May 9 – 14, 2008.
  • Friedenberg, J., Liby, B. & Germino, D. Perception of Four-Body Center-of-Mass. Paper presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Boston, Massachusetts.  March 14, 2008.

Professional Memberships

  • New York Academy of Sciences, 2002 - 2004.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2000 - 2004.
  • Sigma Xi, The National Scientific Research Society. 1999 - present.
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 1996 - present.
  • The Psychonomic Society. Associate Member, 1996 - present.
  • The Eastern Psychological Association, 1995 - present.
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, 1988 - present.
  • Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, 1987 - present.
  • Vision Sciences Society, 1999 – present.



  • Pastel landscape painting
  • Graphic design
  • Haiku
  • Aphorisms

Courses Taught/Teaching

PSYC 329      Cognitive Science
PSYC 340      Cognition and Learning
PSYC 360      Ind Sty: Artificial Intelligen
PSYC 367      Sensation and Perception
PSYC 435      Physiological Psychology

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