Ethan Ludwin-Peery

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ethan Ludwin-Peery
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Ethan Ludwin-Peery
Adele Simmons Hall 104
413.559.6544

Ethan Ludwin-Peery visiting assistant professor of psychology, received his B.A. in cognitive science from Hampshire College and his Ph.D. in psychology from New York University. 
 

His research is focused on questions of reasoning, abstraction, and mental representation. His dissertation work centered around an interdisciplinary research program investigating theories of intuitive physics. Additional research and teaching interests include the history of science, moral psychology, emotion, artificial intelligence, statistics, and research methodology.

 

Recent and Upcoming Courses

  • The goal of experimental psychology is to try to understand why people think and act as they do. How do we interpret and use the information gathered by our senses? Why do we pay attention to some things and not others? How do we learn things? How do we remember things, and why are some things forgotten? What is the source of our beliefs? What is the process by which we make decisions? This course will focus on the ways in which psychologists have attempted to answer these questions over the past century and a half using scientific methods. Keywords: science, cognitive science, research methods

  • Is all of psychology fake? A prestigious journal publishes evidence that people have psychic powers. A team of researchers show that listening to a Beatles song can make you almost a year and a half younger. Many labs try to replicate 100 psychology studies, and only 40 work. Something is very, very wrong. These events are part of a massive upheaval in the field that has come to be known as the replication crisis. In this advanced course, we will look at the replication crisis and the role of replication in psychological science. We will look at the problems that led to the crisis, proposed solutions, critiques of those solutions, and debates that are still ongoing. We'll consider what this means for classic psychology results (How many of them are fake? How can we tell?) and what this means for the future of the field. Keywords: research methods, cognitive science, statistics