Experimental Psychology

The department offers comprehensive training in experimental psychology, focusing on cognition, action and perception, and on human factors. The cognition, action and perception emphasis features unique and cutting-edge training in ecological psychology, dynamical systems theory, and nonlinear analysis methods. Areas of faculty specialization include visual, auditory, olfactory, and haptic perception, psychophysics, selective and sustained attention, cognition, psycholinguistics, speech perception and recognition, stress and performance, cognitive development, and motor behavior and control. Our human factors emphasis has a reputation of excellence, with strengths in research on vigilance, cognitive workload, and stress & performance. Department faculty affiliated with the experimental program includes Drs. Peter Chiu, Sarah Cummins-Sebree, John (Jay) Holden, Steven Howe, Rachel Kallen, Heidi Kloos, Michael Richardson, Michael A. Riley, and Kevin Shockley.

Experimental faculty collaborate closely with colleagues in the Philosophy and Biology Departments in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Applied Heath Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Our program is affiliated with the Southwestern Ohio Human Factors and Ergonomics Consortium (SOFEC), which also includes the University of Dayton and Miami University. The University of Cincinnati is also affiliated with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, one of the most distinguished human factors research facilities in the nation, and with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Recent research support has come from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Procter & Gamble Corporation.

The philosophy of the Experimental program is to provide specialized competence in a particular area that is bolstered by a breadth of background in modern experimental psychology. As a result, graduates are well suited for careers in academia and industry. Doctoral students engage extensively in research throughout their course of study, publish their research in peer-reviewed journals, and present their work at national and international conferences. In addition, experimental students have the opportunity to teach courses in their area of emphasis. The Center for Cognition, Action, and Perception (CAP) seminar series features presentations by nationally and internationally renowned scholars as well as presentations by University of Cincinnati graduate students. For additional information about the Experimental Psychology emphasis, contact Dr. Kevin Shockley at kevin.shockley@uc.edu or 513-556-3124.