What is your style of teaching?
Energetic is how students most commonly describe my teaching style. I lecture, engage discussion, and actively embed cognitive psychology in the real world.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Books, films, video clips, internet sources such as online demonstrations.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Film analysis in which students analyze Memento or Eternal Sunshine as "truthful" portrayals of memory disturbance or not, and assess any technology used.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Effort. Caring about their learning.
What kind of student would love your class?
I hope to reach as many students as possible; thinking about cognitive psychology "trains" your mind to be analytical in a good way.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Find what you care about, so that trying hard is easy. And try hard on the rest of the stuff too.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
I study how the visual system works. How do we recognize faces and objects?
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Tie? A teaching award for junior faculty at Wittenberg and being selected as a US Fulbright Scholar to Poland.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
A new object recognition project: Under what circumstances do we see memory benefit after active manipulation of objects compared to passive viewing conditions.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Put the phone down just for a short time, OK? I will too.