Tom Cain, visiting assistant professor of psychology, received a Ph.D. in social psychology from Rutgers University and a B.A. in psychology from DePaul University.
Tom is currently interested in examining the ways in which fear may bias a person?s perceptions, judgments, and behavior.
He is particularly interested in how these biases may impact person perception.
Additionally, Tom has conducted research on, or has been generally interested in, the psychological processes involved in political affiliation, intergroup relations, and the willingness to commit genocide.
This course will examine some of the most influential research in the field of social psychology. Social psychology may best be defined as the scientific study of how people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are affected by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. In this course, we will be examining research on conformity, persuasion, obedience, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and others. Evaluations will be based on a series of short papers throughout the semester as well as a final paper.
This course will be an exploration, from a social psychological perspective, of how emotions and cognition interact to influence our thoughts, perceptions, and behavior. We will begin by broadly examining emotion and cognition, and then move on to specifically examine how emotions may influence social perceptions, social interactions, and intergroup relations. Students will be expected to write brief reaction papers to weekly readings, as well as complete a final paper and presentation on a related topic of their choosing.
This course will be an in-depth introduction to the field of experimental psychology. Not only will we cover many of the major topics within psychology (such as learning, sensation, perception, language, and memory), but we will also examine how scientific methodology is incorporated into our observations of these phenomena. Students will be expected to write short weekly reaction papers, will occasionally be required to interpret quantitative data, and will write a final paper on a topic of their choosing.
This course will be an in depth examination, from a social psychological perspective, of how stereotypes are formed, how stereotypes influence our perceptions, and how those perceptions influence our relationship with others. Classic and contemporary research will be examined. Students will be expected to write brief reaction papers to weekly readings, as well as complete a final paper and presentation on a topic of their choosing. Prerequisite: at least one previous course in cognitive science
This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to many of the statistical methods used in experimental research. Although most analyses are currently conducted with the aid of computers, it is important to understand the principles behind those analyses. The main focus of this course will not only be to learn how to do calculations by hand, but to understand the underlying theory behind the calculations. In addition, you will learn why and when to use these statistics in evaluating data sets. These skills are essential to understanding research articles and conducting your own research.
Thomas (Tom) Cain
Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Mail Code CS
Adele Simmons Hall 220
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002