Dwight Krehbiel

Professor of Psychology

B.S. in Natural Sciences, Bethel College, 1969
M.S. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison,1975
Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison,1978

Areas of specialization include behavioral neuroscience and animal behavior. In recent years my research interests have shifted toward cognitive neuroscience and the psychology of music.

I have taught at Bethel since 1978. My primary teaching responsibilities are in the areas of biological and experimental psychology, applied statistics, and scientific computing. Sabbaticals and research interests have taken me to France and Mexico where I have collaborated in research on the physiological determinants of maternal behavior in sheep and goats. I also serve as Premedical and Pre-Health Professional Adviser at Bethel.

I have been instrumental in securing several grants to fund laboratory equipment for the Psychology Department and other departments in the sciences at Bethel. In 1997 the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided a matching grant for a computer-based system for recording and analyzing the EEG and event-related potentials (ERPs) .

This system has recently been updated through another grant from the NSF (2005-2008) and is being used in a number of courses and for undergraduate research projects. Here is a link to the project abstract. This grant also supports the development of student research groups using event-related potentials and other physiological measures, especially in the area of emotional responses to music. A poster regarding this work, available as a pdf here, was presented at the Conference of Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement  principal investigators, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Another recent NSF grant (2001-2003) has provided resources for making experiments available online to students, both on campus and at remote sites.

A series of two research grants (2007, 2008), arising from a collaborative project with computer science professor Bill Manaris of the College of Charleston as principal investigator, have provided funds for additional upgrades of our physiological recording system as well as for support of the work of several students studying emotional and physiological responses to music. Links to these project abstracts may be found here and here. A presentation summarizing this work was given at the University of Northern Iowa on July 31, 2009.

In the fall of 2006 I was accepted into the BEN Scholar Program, a program of BiosciEdNet, the biological sciences pathway project of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). As a member of this program I am actively involved in using and promoting the NSDL.

I serve as co-Principal Investigator on a project to provide scholarship and other STEM educational support to Bethel College students. The first of four cohorts of scholars arrived in the fall of 2009 under this project, with Dr Jon Piper, Professor of Biology,  as Principal Investigator.

Course pages or syllabi

Animal Behavior 

Applied Statistics

Biopsychology and Health

Cognitive Psychology 

Computers in the Sciences

General Psychology 

Learning and Memory 



The Psychology of Music

Bethel Psychology Alumni Stories

Bethel Natural Sciences Alumni Stories

Bethel College Summer Science Institute

Council on Undergraduate Research (includes registry for students interested in graduate school)

Contact information
Office: Krehbiel Science Center, Rm 105

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