Professor of Psychology
B.A. Psychology, University of California
M.A., Ph.D. Experimental Psychology and Behavioral Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder
What research or projects are you currently working on with Coe students?
I have two students working on a project that applies mathematical models of Pavlovian conditioning to human causal judgments. Past research has shown that simple models can be used to predict human performance in complex decision-making tasks.
What is your favorite class to teach and why?
Introduction to Biopsychology, hands down. Helping students understand that complex and subtle biological processes are behind all that makes us human is as interesting and exciting as it gets.
What is your favorite website?
Being a big time nerd, I spend much time perusing a website called "Cloudy Nights". It is a website devoted to discussion and review of astronomy equipment such as telescopes and cameras.
Who is playing on your iPod?
I'm a big fan of 1960-1970 era jazz. I am heavy into McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and John Coltrane.
What book are you currently reading?
In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. A very interesting analysis of the way we eat, and how these patterns have been shaped by the food industry.
What do you do outside of class?
Astrophotography (see above), run, bike, and I love to cook Mexican food.
What is your favorite Coe tradition?
Trying to figure out what the heck a Kohawk actually is.
What makes Coe stand out from other schools?
One thing that students often do not appreciate is our location. Being in a mid-sized city, we can offer a wide variety of off-campus internship experiences that are easily accessible to our students. Many top quality liberal arts schools are in small towns with few local internships available.