B.A. and M.A., University of Toledo
Ph.D., Ohio State University
My research spans different topic areas but is primarily oriented toward the study of temporal and auditory cognition. Time can be conceptualized differently depending on whether one is a physicist, a philosopher, or a poet but as a cognitive psychologist, I’m interested in how people perceive, experience, and remember time; what factors and situations lead to temporal distortions; and how temporal structure within our environment influences behavior. Many of these issues are addressed through empirical studies that rely on the use of music, speech, and naturalistic sounds. In addition to exploring the temporal nature of the auditory environment, I’m also interested in how the auditory and visual modalities interact with one another during perception and memory. Some of my current work addresses ways in which musical soundtracks influence film as well as ways in which facial and vocal information influence social impression formation and person memory.