Background

Teaching

Research

Advising

 
 

Publications

If you are looking for a list of my published research papers or are looking for downloadable versions of those papers, there is a list on my CV page along with links to the pdf files.



My Training: Collaborators and Mentors

I am deeply grateful for the rich opportunities I had before, during, and after graduate school to work with some of the very best psychological scientists. I have been tremendously fortunate to count among my collaborators, mentors, and coauthors Daniel Kahneman, Irvin Rock, Barbara L. Fredrickson, Stephen E. Palmer, Jonathan Schooler, and Ulric Neisser. I am indebted to them for their influence on my scientific thinking.

Although we never publised together, one of my first research opportunities involved working on a team that included Paul Ekman, Dacher Keltner, James Gross, and Robert Levenson. I learned the value of meticulous methodology from that experience.

I hope that my training of undergraduate researchers is in some small way repaying what I was so generously given.



Current Opportunities for Undergraduate Researchers

Each semester I train and supervise a team of 4-7 undergraduate research assistants. Although it is common for faculty to offer this type of opportunity only to advanced students with majors in their own departments, I welcome students at all levels and from all majors.

The most important qualifications are being dependable, hardworking, and eager to learn. Excellent oral communication skills and attention to detail are needed as well. Although advanced technical knowledge is not required, it is certainly welcome, and there are a variety of special skills that could be put to good use (e.g., knowledge of statistics and statistical software, experience with graphics software or audio/music software, computer programming skills, photography skills). I only require a one-semester commitment, but my research assistants almost always end up working with me for at least a year.

Students with scientific curiosity and a strong interest in psychology are the most likely to find the experience enjoyable, but working with faculty can also lead to a letter of recommendation for graduate school. Obviously, I cannot offer any guarantees about the future, but as of the present, my WSU research assistants have a perfect record of obtaining admission to graduate schools, including MA, PhD, and MD programs.

As a cognitive psychologist, my interests include, but are not limited to, visual perception, human memory, and decision-making. I also have interests in emotion and in judgment & decisions related to pain and pleasure. In addition, I am always willing to consider work based on students' own interests and ideas.

If you would like to get involved with a research project (or are simply curious about what research is or what research assistants do), please feel free to get in touch with me. I would be happy to tell you about current and upcoming projects or discuss your own ideas about research projects. This is the type of experience and training that is often difficult for undergraduates to obtain at major research universities, and I strongly encourage you to take full advantage of special opportunities available at Winona State University. Don't be shy! Get involved!

















Last revised January 2012.