I'm on partial retirement now and will be off each spring semester. However, when available I teach the following classes
on a regular or fairly regular basis:
PSY 120: Elementary Psychology
PSY 201: Introduction to Statistics in Psychology
PSY 314: Introduction to Learning
Over the years I have also taught:
PSY 203: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 310: Sensory and Perceptual Processes
PSY 329: Psychobiology II: Principles of Psychobiological Psychology
PSY 333: Motivation
PSY 496: Readings and Research in Psychology
My Research Interests
Lately I've been focusing my attention on Perceptual Control Theory (PCT), a theory of behavior developed by William T. Powers and described by him in Powers (1973), Behavior: The Control of Perception. You can find out more about PCT at the link above.
I've recently started teaching myself to program in Java so that I can create applications and applets
that will run on a variety of computers. Eventually I hope to develop a series of applets to illustrate
certain principles and applications of perceptual control theory (PCT) and another series to support
active learning in my Introduction to Learning class. My first attempt at the latter is an applet that
illustrates the effects of the bias and sensitivity parameters of the "generalized matching law" on the
function relating the relative rate of responding to the relative rate of reinforcement in a two-key
concurrent schedule. You can view the applet here.
Ken Bordens and
I have coauthored a textbook on research methods in psychology, published by
McGraw-Hill and now in its 8thedition, entitled
Research Design and Methods: A Process Approach.
I have also created a set of thirteen demonstration computer programs (written in Borland Delphi) to accompany a book
on perceptual control theory by William T. Powers: Living Control Systems III: The Fact of Control. These are available
on a CD that comes with the book.
What I Do for Fun
A few years ago, I was bitten by a nasty bug and
developed a terrible obsession known as genealogy. As a result, I now spend my
"free" time wandering in cemeteries looking for old tombstones, ruining my eyes
attempting to read scratchy microfilm census records, and lurking amongst the
old records of county courthouses. For some of the results, click here.