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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences


department of psychology

Photo of Hiram Brownell Hiram Brownell, Professor (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1978)—Cognitive neuropsychology: how injury to various parts of the brain can selectively impair linguistic and cognitive ability; language: theory of mind, discourse, narrative, and lexical semantics; methodology.
Photo of Donnah Canavan Donnah Canavan, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1969)—Effects of shared enthusiasm; the development of individual differences: fear of success, healthy, and conventional orientations to success; psychological separateness and narcissism; psychology of self-esteem and of adult children of alcoholics.
Photo of John Christianson John Christianson, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of New Hampshire, 2006)—The focus of John Christianson's research is to determine how stress interacts with the neural systems that permit individuals to adapt to potentially dangerous and changing environments. The current emphasis is on the neural mechanisms that underly safety learning. The laboratory employs a multidisciplinary approach to study brain circuits and behavior including sophisticated behavioral paradigms, electrophysiology and optogenetics. The overall goal is to provide new insight into the organization of the brain and behavior and improve treatment for psychological illness.
Photo of Sara Cordes Sara Cordes, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, 2005)—Infant, child, and adult cognition. Preverbal and verbal representations of number, space, and time. Children's early counting acquisition and understanding of mathematical concepts. Music cognition and perception. Psychophysics of quantity perception. Learning throughout the lifespan. Influences of language and context on learning, discrimination, and decision-making.
Photo of Joshua Hartshorne Joshua Hartshorne, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012). Language can be used to move thoughts between minds, even those separated by considerable distance or time. The speaker takes a thought, packages it up into a series of sounds (or gestures), from which the listener must recover the original thought. This alone would be an impressive feat difficult for science to explain. My interest is in explaining how children learn these procedures. To do this, I combine laboratory studies, Internet-enabled "big data" research, and computational modeling.
Photo of Andrea Heberlein Andrea Heberlein, Lecturer (Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2002)—Social neuroscience, social psychology, and cognitive/affective neuroscience. Mind perception and its neural substrates: the processes by which we recognize others’ emotions and understand their actions; anthropomorphizing; simulation and shared substrates models.
Photo of Gene Heyman Gene Heyman, Senior Lecturer (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1977)—Addiction, attention allocation, and choice. Virtually all behavior entails choice in the sense that one could have done something else or nothing. Current lab research: economic and psychological models of attention allocation, attention and higher order cognition, mental rotation, behavioral economics. Addiction studies include social correlates of the opiate epidemic, history of drug use, choice models of drug use, popular understandings and misunderstandings of drug use.
Photo of Elizabeth Kensinger Elizabeth Kensinger, Professor (Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003)—Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience: The effect of emotional content on memory; specifically, the cognitive and neural mechanisms through which emotion influences the vividness and accuracy of memory, and how these influences change across the adult lifespan; research questions are investigated through behavioral testing of young and older adults and functional neuroimaging (fMRI).
Photo of Jef Lamoureux Jeffrey Lamoureux, Senior Lecturer (Ph.D. Duke University, 1998)—Comparative psychology and behavioral neuroscience. Neurobiology of learning and memory. Fundamental associative learning processes in both humans and animals. Of particular interest are models of response recovery following extinction learning. Current studies focus on how humans learn predictive relationships in their environment.
Photo of Sean MacEvoy Sean MacEvoy, Lecturer (Ph.D. Brown University, 2003)—Human visual neuroscience, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and psychophysics; neural mechanisms of form perception and object recognition; perceptual learning; functional organization of the human visual cortex. History of neuroscience.
Photo of Katherine McAuliffe Katherine McAuliffe, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2013)—The development and evolution of cooperation. Katherine's primary research investigates how children develop an understanding of the norms governing cooperation and a willingness to enforce them. Her work on children is situated within a broader cross-cultural and comparative context that seeks to understand how and why the cognition supporting cooperation evolved.
Photo of Michael McDannald Michael McDannald, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 2008)—Neural circuits underlying prediction of safety and danger; how adverse early experience such as stress or heavy alcohol drinking alter predictive abilities in adulthood; single-unit recording and optogenetic manipulation of brainstem and midbrain monoaminergic systems, the amygdala and prefrontal cortex; unraveling the complex interactions between stress, learning and alcohol/drug use.
Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1978)—Children's participation in organized sport: parent-child interactions, emotional development; Cognitive development: memory organization, children's understanding of the "rules of the game," automatic processing.
Photo of Gorica Petrovich Gorica Petrovich, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of Southern California, 1997)—Neurobiology of motivation and feeding behavior; functional organization of the brain systems mediating environmental control of food intake, specifically interactions between the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and hypothalamus; modulation of hunger and satiety mechanisms by learning and stress.
Photo of Maureen Ritchey Maureen Ritchey, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Duke University, 2011)—Neuroscience of human memory: functional organization of the medial temporal lobes; effects of emotional arousal and other modulatory states on memory processes; memory consolidation; context representation and its influence on memory-guided behavior. Neuroimaging methods including fMRI and EEG: multi-voxel pattern analysis; functional connectivity; time-frequency analyses.
Photo of Karen Rosen Karen Rosen, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1984)—Social and emotional development during infancy and early childhood; parent-child attachment relationships; sibling relationships.
Photo of James Russell James Russell, Professor (Ph.D. UCLA, 1974)—Emotion. The expression and recognition of emotion through faces. Children's understanding of emotion and the development of emotional experience. Cultural influences on emotion. The distinction between mood and emotion and scientific taxonomies of each.
Photo of Ehri Ryu Ehri Ryu, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2008)—Quantitative Psychology: multilevel modeling; model fit assessment in multilevel structural equation modeling; two approaches to analyzing multivariate multilevel data; longitudinal data analysis.
Photo of Barry Schneider Barry Schneider, Senior Lecturer (Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1977)—Clinical child psychology and cultural clinical psychology—the interpersonal relationships of children and adolescents with atypical patterns of  development including ADHD, social anxiety and aggression; intimate friendship in different cultures; cross-cultural friendship, the impact of electronic communication on close relationships; cyberbullying; psychological aspects of the school-transition experience.
Photo of Scott Slotnick Scott Slotnick, Professor (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1998)—Cognitive Neuroscience: Neural mechanisms of visual memory; control regions and sensory effects associated with retrieval of visual memories; subjective experience during memory retrieval; cortical substrates associated with visual feature-based perception/attention.
Photo of Joe Tecce Joseph Tecce, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Catholic University, 1961)—Psychophysiology of health, including body languages as indicators of emotions and stress and cognitive-behavioral methods to control stress.
Photo of Ellen Winner Ellen Winner, Professor (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1978)—Developmental psychology of the arts in typical and gifted children; cognition and learning in the arts; transfer of learning from arts to non-arts learning.
Photo of Hao Wu Hao Wu, Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2010)—Hao Wu's research interest lies in the evaluation of statistical models in psychology. Relying on tools such as classical asymptotic theories, Bayesian statistics and information theoretic methodologies, he is particularly interested in issues such as how to compare multiple statistical models, how to account for the fact that models are not exactly true in reality, and how to handle nonlinear relations or non-normal distributions.
Photo of Liane Young Liane Young, Associate Professor (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2008)—Moral Psychology and Neuroscience. The role of theory of mind in moral judgment. Moral emotions. Cultural and individual differences in moral cognition. Moral judgment versus moral behavior. Motivated moral reasoning. Conceptions of the self and free will. The research employs methods of social psychology and cognitive neuroscience: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), studying patient populations with selective cognitive deficits, and modulating activity in specific brain regions using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).