My research interests span the field of social psychology, with specific attraction to problems in the areas of prejudice, stigma, social influence, the social construction of gender, and behavioral economics. I enjoy collaborating with students at each stage of the research process: formulating a hypothesis, developing the methodology to test the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting results. I am open to assisting students in the development of new lines of research.
My research interests are in human and animal eating behavior in all aspects: learning, perceptual (especially taste), physiological, cognitive, social and including aspects of eating disorders. My recent work has focused on emotional eating, the relationship between drug use and eating, and the relationship between eating behavior and sleep. Students may generate their own projects (independent study) or work on ongoing projects (internship) and may present their work at conferences and earn authorship on publications.
My empirical publications have focused on space perception, the moon illusion, cognitive maps, environmental psychology (e.g., the effects of urban stressors on people), and sampling conscious experience under natural conditions. However, my interests are broad, and I am always willing to work with student interests in other areas. For example, past student research has lead to conference presentations on the relationship between personality and religious beliefs, fear of failure motivation and academic success, emotional intelligence and job success, gender bias and the SAT, caffeine and judgment precision, and what makes advertising memorable.