Department of Psychology
Office: Stutzman-Slonaker, room 106
Courses frequently taught
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology, majors-only (offered every fall)
PSYC 299 Introduction to the Psychology Major (last offered spring 2017)
PSYC 361 Biopsychology (offered most semesters, but probably not spring 2018*)
Courses less frequently taught
PSYC 370 Sensation & Perception, PSYC 370L Sensation & Perception Laboratory (likely next offered in fall 2018)
PSYC 484 Directed Readings (next offered in fall 2017)
PSYC 405 Senior Thesis (next offered in spring 2018)
PSYC 365 Drugs and the Brain (likely next offered in spring 2018, in place of PSYC 361*)
*In spring 2018, we are planning to offer PSYC 365 Drugs and the Brain in place of PSYC 361 Biopsychology. The intent is for PSYC 365 to substitute for PSYC 361 as a requirement for the Psychology major. Students who take PSYC 365 will not be required to also take PSYC 361. Students wishing to take PSYC 361 instead should take it in fall 2017 or wait until it is next offered, probably fall 2018.
We are able to perceive objects and events using many senses. Although information from each sense is processed separately in the brain, we have little problem integrating multisensory information in perception. I am interested in learning how this happens. For example, how do we use information from vision, hearing, and touch to help us detect objects and events in our environment? How are features such as texture and shape, perceived using vision or touch, “bound” into unified percepts? I answer such questions from a variety of perspectives, including psychophysics, psychophysiology, neuropsychology, and electrophysiology.
I currently serve as president of the Shepherd University Faculty Senate, Parliamentarian for the Shepherd University Assembly, and faculty advisor to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology as well as the Shepherd University Secular Student Alliance. I am additionally a member of the university Professional Development Committee.