Teaching

  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC110)
  • Sensation & Perception (PSYC220) with lab (PSYC221)
    We will address the question of how humans acquire information from the world to support action, learning, belief, choice, and the host of additional mental states that comprise the subject matter of psychology. In other words "How do we get the outside inside?" We will initially consider peripheral anatomical structures (e.g. the eye) and proceed through intermediate levels of sensory coding and transmission to cover the brain regions associated with each of the major senses.

  • The Psychology of Spoken Words (PSYC362)
    This course explores the cognitive and perceptual processes that allow humans to understand and produce spoken words. We will review major findings on word perception and production, and then focus on specific topics including the perception of accents in speech, language disorders, the links between music and speech, the connection between sounds and meaning, the influence of gesturing on word production, slips of the tongue, bilingualism, tip-of-tongue-states (being temporarily unable to recall a word), and other related issues.
  • Perceptual & Cognitive Expertise (PSYC372)
    Some people are able to play (and win!) a dozen games of chess simultaneously or remember thousands of digits of pi. Most people can effortlessly recognize thousands of faces and easily discriminate between similar speech sounds. How do people develop these levels of expertise? This course will explore the processes underlying perceptual and cognitive expertise. Topics include the development of expertise in music perception and performance, memory, sports, visual processing, and taste perception. We will also discuss how attaining expertise in a given domain changes information processing.
  • Psychology's Credibility Revolution (PSYC399)
    In this seminar, we  explore the factors that contribute to false positives in the literature, including questionable research practices like p-hacking and selective reporting, flexibility in measurement, publication bias, and the incentive structure of science. For the comps paper, students will choose an area of interest and evaluate it through the lens of this discussion. Along the way, we’ll also discuss the strategies being used to improve the discipline and how to apply them to your own research and consumption of science.
  • Color! (IDSC250)
    If you had to explain to a blind person the nature of color, how would you describe it? Is it a property of objects, oscillations of an electric field, a feature of how the eye generates electrochemical signals to send to the brain, or a perhaps a property of the experiences themselves? This team-taught course takes  a multidisciplinary approach to color, drawing from physics, psychology, and philosophy. We will explore topics such as the nature of light, visual anatomy, the process by which light is converted to a neural code, color mixing, linguistic differences in color processing, and how color leads us to confront the tension that sometimes exists between appearance and reality. Team-taught course with Marty Baylor (Physics) and Jason Decker (Philosophy)