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 (offered in the spring)
PSYC 361 Biopsychology (offered most semesters)
Courses less frequently taught
PSYC 365 Drugs and the Brain (likely next offered in spring 2020*)
PSYC 370 Sensation & Perception, PSYC 370L Sensation & Perception Laboratory (likely next offered in fall 2019)
PSYC 484 Directed Readings (next offered in spring 2019)
PSYC 405 Senior Thesis (next offered in fall 2019)
*The department will, starting in fall 2019, all students to take either PSYC 361 Biopsychology or PSYC 365 Drugs and the Brain to satisfy the “biological basis of behavior” component of the Psychology major.
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, chair of the Core Curriculum Committee, 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.
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