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
several grants to fund
for the Psychology Department and other departments in the sciences at
In 1997 the National Science Foundation (NSF) provided a matching grant
system for recording and analyzing the EEG and event-related potentials
This system has recently
through another grant from the
NSF (2005-2008) and is being used in a number of courses and for
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
Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of
Another recent NSF grant
(2001-2003) has provided
for making experiments
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.
pages or syllabi
Biopsychology and Health
Computers in the Sciences
Learning and Memory
The Psychology of Music
Bethel Psychology Alumni Stories
Bethel College Summer Science Institute
Council on Undergraduate Research (includes registry for students interested in graduate school)
Office: Krehbiel Science Center, Rm 105
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