Jay Holden

Jay Holden

Associate Professor | CAP Affiliate

Edwards Center


A&S Psychology - 0376

Professional Summary

Jay Holden’s research focuses on elementary cognitive activities, such as reading and decision-making. He has experience teaching Applied Cognitive and Statistics courses such as Ecological & Cognitive Task Analysis, Human-Computer Interaction & Display Design, as well as Undergraduate and Graduate Linear and Nonlinear Statistics.


Ph.D., Arizona State University Tempe, AZ, 2000 (Cognitive Systems)

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Holden, J. G., Rajaraman, S. (2012). The self-organization of a spoken word. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 209. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00209.

Holden, John G, Ma, Tao, & Serota, Rostislav A (2013). Change is time: a comment on "Physiologic time: a hypothesis." Physics of life reviews, 10(2), 231-2.

Dixon, J. A., Holden, J. G., Mirman, D., & Stephen, D. G. (2012). Multifractal dynamics in the emergence of cognitive performance. topiCS: Topics in Cognitive Science, 4, 51-62.

Fleming, Sheila M, Jordan, Maria C, Mulligan, Caitlin K, Masliah, Eliezer, Holden, John G, Millard, Ronald W, Chesselet, Marie-Françoise, & Roos, Kenneth P (2013). Impaired baroreflex function in mice overexpressing alpha-synuclein. Frontiers in neurology, 4, 103.

Riley, M. A., & Holden, J. G. (2012). Dynamics of cognition. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1200.

Holden, John G, Riley, Michael A, Gao, Jianbo, & Torre, Kjerstin (2013). Fractal analyses: statistical and methodological innovations and best practices. Frontiers in physiology, 4, 97.

van Rooij, Marieke M J W, Nash, Bertha A, Rajaraman, Srinivasan, & Holden, John G (2013). A fractal approach to dynamic inference and distribution analysis. Frontiers in physiology, 4, 1.

Holden, J. G., Choi, I., Amazeen, P. G., & Van Orden, G. (2011). Fractal 1/ƒ Dynamics Suggest Entanglement of Measurement and Human Performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 935-948.

Kello, Christopher T, Brown, Gordon D A, Ferrer-I-Cancho, Ramon, Holden, John G, Linkenkaer-Hansen, Klaus, Rhodes, Theo, & Van Orden, Guy C (2010). Scaling laws in cognitive sciences. Trends in cognitive sciences, 14(5), 223-32.

Van Orden, G. C., Kello, C. T., & Holden, J. G.  (2010).  Situated behavior and the place of measurement in psychological theory.  Ecological Psychology, 22, 24-43.

Holden, John G, Van Orden, Guy C, & Turvey, Michael T (2009). Dispersion of response times reveals cognitive dynamics. Psychological review, 116(2), 318-42.

Kello, Christopher T, Beltz, Brandon C, Holden, John G, & Van Orden, Guy C (2007). The emergent coordination of cognitive function. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 136(4), 551-68.

Van Orden, Guy C, Holden, John G, & Turvey, Michael T (2005). Human cognition and 1/f scaling. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 134(1), 117-23.

Colangelo, Annette, Holden, John G, Buchanan, Lori, & Van Orden, Guy C. Speculation about behavior, brain damage, and self-organization: the other way to herd a cat. Brain and language, 90(1-3), 151-9.

Van Orden, Guy C, Holden, John G, & Turvey, Michael T (2003). Self-organization of cognitive performance. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 132(3), 331-50.

Van Orden, Guy C, Moreno, Miguel A, & Holden, John G (2003). A proper metaphysics for cognitive performance. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, 7(1), 49-60.

Holden, J G, Flach, J M, & Donchin, Y (1999). Perceptual-motor coordination in an endoscopic surgery simulation. Surgical endoscopy, 13(2), 127-32.

Holden, J. G. (2013). Cognitive effects as distribution rescaling. Ecological Psychology, 25, 256-266.

Holden, J. G., Greijn, L. T., van Rooij, M. M. J. W., Wijnants, M. L., & Bosman, A. M. T. (2014). Dyslexic and Skilled Reading Dynamics are Self-Similar. Annals of Dyslexia, 64, 202-221

*Castillo, R. D., Kloos, H. Holden, J. G., & Richardson, M. J. (2015). Long-range correlations in patterns of recurrence in children and adults’ attention to hierarchical displays. Frontiers in physiology, 6.

*Ma, T., Serota, R. A., & Holden, J. G. (2015). Distribution of human response times. Complexity.


(Institutional Review Board ) Vice-Chair Type:University/College Service Level:University 07-2014 -To Present

(Psych 1001 Steering Committee ) Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 01-2014 -To Present

Courses Taught

-PSYC-1001 INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY Level:Undergraduate

15-PSYCH-3041-Cognition In the Wild Level:Undergraduate