Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology
Her research interests include recognition memory and how individuals differ in response bias on memory tasks.
We are constantly encountering stimuli from our environment. The astonishing amounts of visual, auditory, somatosensory, gustatory, and olfactory sensations from these stimuli need to be filtered and processed, under the general mechanism of perception. These perceptual processes allow us to make sense of the world, but there are instances of perception that may be counterintuitive. For example, most people are susceptible to perceptual illusions, such as the McGurk effect or perceiving motion from certain still images, and there are some who experience disordered perception, such as phantom limb or prosopagnosia. This class will explore both typical and atypical perception. Students will read primary literature, present and participate in discussions in class, and complete written assignments both in and outside of class, including a final research proposal paper.
How do we make memories? How do we forget? What does amnesia actually look like? Are eyewitnesses the most trustworthy source? Everyone forms lay theories about the ways we remember and the kinds of information we remember. These theories, which may or may not be accurate, manifest in the media from tips on improving your memory in the news to amnesia plot lines in soap operas. In this class, we'll discuss what the research says about how memory works and draw connections to the media we encounter in our everyday lives. Students will read both primary and secondary literature, present and participate in discussions in class, and complete written assignments both in and outside of class, including a final paper.