Faculty Research Interests

Erin Boyd Developmental/health Psychology

Erin is a developmental health psychologist whose research interests focus on the interplay between interpersonal relationships and individual differences among children, adolescents, and young adults. Current research focuses on how individuals differences including genetic factors and biological functioning (i.e., stress reactivity, gut microbiome) influence responses to peer victimization and chronic stress.  Erin is also interested in bullying as a group process with specific focus on the participant roles bystanders of peer victimization play during these interactions. 

Igor Dolgov Human Factors; Cognitive Science

Dr. Dolgov is an engineering psychologist who researches perception, action, and cognition in natural and mediated environments. His NASA-, FAA-, and NSF-funded research investigates the human factors of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with a focus on novel interfaces/control station design, crewmember training and certification, and night operations.  In addition to his UAS work, he is an active scholar in the following research areas: trust in automation, human-computer interaction (video games, serious games, political impact of customization technology), interception/navigation algorithms, and visual search.  

Melissa Guynn Cognitive Psychology
Dr. Guynn’s general area of research is human memory. Her specific interests are in three areas of memory: (1) prospective memory (i.e., remembering to execute an intended action at an appropriate point in the future), (2) retrieval processes in explicit retrospective memory (i.e., how people retrieve concepts from memory after explicitly trying to learn them), and (3) implicit memory (i.e. memory despite no explicit instructions to remember it).

Michael Hout Cognitive Psychology
Dr. Hout is a Cognitive Psychologist whose research interests fall under the broad heading of visual cognition, including research into visual attention and memory, and computational models of both. His other research interests include (but are not limited to): development of alternative methods for multidimensional scaling, similarity as a psychological construct, working memory, and spoken word perception.

Tim Ketelaar Social Psychology/Emotions, Evolutionary Psychology, Game Theory
Dr. Ketelaar is a social-cognitive scientist who adopts an interdisciplinary perspective that combines evolutionary psychology, experimental economics, and game theory to explore the role of emotion in judgment and decision-making. He is particularly interested in measuring emotions via facial expression as well as by self-report and using this information to predict behavior in cooperative and competitive social interactions.

Jim Kroger Cognitive Neuropsychology, Biopsychology
The neural processes that underlie social cognition, consciousness, attention, and emotion.  The nature of human reasoning; neural mechanisms of schizophrenia and depression.  Brain-to-computer interfaces.  Dr. Kroger focuses on teaching about the brain and how its physiological, neurochemical, and anatomical systems underpin human behavior and our psychological experience. He researches brain mechanisms for simple and complex information processing, and how the attention systems in the brain control information processing. He also conducts research on direct communication between the brain and computers, via EEG measures, to enable direct thought-to-computer interaction.

Justin MacDonald Engineering Psychology, Auditory Perception
The majority of Dr. MacDonald’s interests include basic and applied research within the domain of auditory perception. Recent projects have focused on sound localization (how listeners are able to determine the location of a sound source), auditory scene analysis (how listeners are able to make sense of a highly confusing auditory environment), bone-conducted hearing (listening without your ears), and 3D audio technology. He also is interested in psychophysics and models of decision-making under uncertainty. He teaches cognitive psychology, graduate statistics, and computer-based experimental methodology.

Laura Madson Social Psychology
Research in gender, teaching, and structure of the self-concept.  Dr. Madson teaches introduction to psychology, the psychology of women, human sexuality and a graduate course in the teaching of psychology. Her research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and the psychology of gender.

Michael Marks Social Psychology
Dr. Marks’ interests broadly concern relationships and sexuality. One of Dr. Marks’ research programs concerns the mechanisms that generate and sustain the sexual double standard, which is the idea that men and women are treated differently for engaging in sexual behavior. He is also interested in the dynamics of adult attachment relationships with close others. Finally, Dr. Marks is interested in statistics and methods, including the debate concerning statistical significance testing.

Dominic Simon Cognitive Psychology
Human learning and memory (verbal and motor) with special interest in dissociations between short-term acquisition performance, and longer-term learning.  Also metacognitive aspects of skill acquisition and memory.  Dr. Simon’s interests are concerned broadly with how people learn particularly skilled behaviors such as movements and/or procedures in areas as diverse as sport, rehabilitation, the military, and industry. He has studied aspects of the arrangement of practice when there are multiple skills to be acquired by learners. He has also looked at learner’s perceptions of their own knowledge which tend to mirror their immediate performance during training rather than their actual performance on a later test. This discrepancy between immediate performance and actual learning is clearly a problem for people who are using their own immediate sense of mastery of some-to-be-learned material as the basis for continued practice or study.

Laura Thompson Cognitive/Developmental Psychology
Dr. Thompson’s interests are spread across three topic areas: visual perceptual development, development of multimodal language comprehension, and memory and emotional development. Over the years, she has become more mindful of the importance of viewing cognitive development as occurring within a social context, and influenced by physiological reactions to stress.  A recent NIH grant studies mother-infant synchrony in cortisol and behavior and its relationship to cognitive development.  Dr. Thompson’s research in human cognition seeks to understand mental processes as they unfold across the lifespan.

David Trafimow Social Psychology
Dr. Trafimow’s general interest is in social cognition. Particular interest is in understanding how self-cognitions are organized, and the interrelations between self-cognitions and presumed determinants of behavior (e.g., attitudes, subjective norms, control beliefs, and behavioral intentions). He has additional interest in the study of the cognitive structures and processes underlying attributions and memory for events and persons. Another interest is in methodological, statistical, and philosophical issues pertaining to science.