My research focuses on the role of low-level visual and auditory mechanisms in the formation of higher-order perceptual representations of stimuli. I identify the characteristics of these mechanisms, especially in the spatial and temporal frequency domains. I am interested in the emergent properties of our perceptual system that are created by the dynamic interaction of multiple mechanisms. I am also interested in the application of signal detection theory to theoretical and applied problems.
PSYC 4165 - Psychology of Perception
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
One lab, three lect. per week. Analyzes peripheral and central mechanisms involved in the transduction and interpretation of experience. Gives special attention to vision and audition; major theories in these areas are discussed in terms of research they have inspired.
PSYC 4541 - Special Topics in Psychology- Social Science
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Examines individual or social dimensions of human behavior. Students will develop expertise in basic theories, as well as in measurement techniques and data interpretation regarding issues of societal significance. Students will consider applications of that knowledge, ranging from the development of new theory to solving problems. Particular section content is determined by instructor. PSYC 4541 and/or PSYC 4551 may be taken 3 times with different topics, for a total of 9 credits
PSYC 5541 - Special Topics in Psychology
Studies and analyzes special interest topics from the broad and diversified field of psychology. Particular section content is determined by instructor. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
PSYC 5665 - Perception and Attention Proseminar
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020
Required proseminar for students in the Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. program. Provides an introduction to current thinking about sensory and perceptual processing, object recognition and attention. Students will read peer-reviewed journal articles and make class presentations on appropriate topics, including methods of data collection and analysis. Graduate students in all programs are welcome with instructor consent and advanced undergraduates are welcome with instructor consent. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.