Faculty

 


Tom Cain, Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology | CV

Preston 106 | tcain@bard.edu

Professor Cain’s research interests largely focus on how our emotions influence our perceptions of other people. As an undergraduate, Professor Cain conducted his honors thesis research on cross-cultural facial expressions in infants. In graduate school, he became interested in additional topics related to social psychology, such as implicit stereotyping and political psychology. Midway through graduate school, he renewed his previous interest in emotion and conducted his dissertation research on the effects of emotion on implicit person perception. After graduate school, Professor Cain began teaching at Hampshire College. He was fortunate enough to teach courses on emotion and bias, stereotyping and person perception, as well as work with students on research projects covering a variety of topics such as behavioral economics, gender studies, and Buddhist psychology. While teaching at Hampshire, he also worked in a lab at UMass Amherst on a research project examining emotion, stereotyping, and the shooter bias. Professor Cain is very much looking forward to his first year of teaching at Bard College.


Sarah Dunphy-Lelii, Associate Professor in Psychology | CV

Preston 102 | sdl@bard.edu

Professor Dunphy-Lelii’s undergraduate education focused on child cognitive development, after which she became project coordinator for the Cognitive Evolution Group at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, studying cognition in chimpanzees. Professor Dunphy-Lelii pursued graduate work with a different population (human preschoolers) but very similar theoretical topics – for example, the ways that young individuals think about the minds of others, and how they reason about unseeable behaviors such as thoughts, beliefs, and desires. While in graduate school, she became intrigued by how the specific case of autism might shed some light on these same topics. In particular, an interest in how different children learn to distinguish self from other (in terms of perspective-taking, memory, and imitation) emerged. At Bard, Professor Dunphy-Lelii has returned to her primary interest in the early cognitive development of typically developing preschoolers. Here, she uses her research experience with typical children, children with autism, and primates to influence her ongoing work.

Principal Investigator of the Child Development Project.


Tom Hutcheon, Visiting Assistant Professor in Psychology | CV

Preston 104 | thutcheo@bard.edu

Professor Hutcheon’s research focuses on cognitive control, which is defined as the ability to select relevant sources of information in the face of distracting or competing sources of information. As everyone has experienced, the efficiency of cognitive control varies. At times we find it easy to sit down at our computers and work on a paper. At other times we end up checking our email every three minutes. What causes this variability in performance? Professor Hutcheon’s research seeks to understand the mechanisms that support cognitive control, the factors that influence the efficiency of cognitive control, and how these are influenced by healthy aging. To address these issues, Professor Hutcheon uses a variety of behavioral and statistical techniques including computational modeling and response time distribution analyses.

Principal Investigator of the Cognitive CTRL Lab.


Justin Hulbert, Assistant Professor in Psychology | CV

Preston 108 | jhulbert@bard.edu

Memories guide our lives, but how do we sift through the vast array of accumulated memories to find the relevant ones and ignore unpleasant or otherwise unwelcome thoughts? Using the tools of cognitive neuroscience to decode the mechanisms responsible for adaptively retrieving, consolidating, and forgetting memories, Professor Hulbert’s Memory Dynamics Lab aims to identify evidence-based strategies designed to help learners capitalize on these mental operations. A recipient of the Walt Disney Company Foundation Scholarship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a Tom Slick Research Award in Consciousness for his work on reversibly inducing amnesia through cognitive control, Professor Hulbert is interested in designing and testing algorithms that harness brainwaves (EEG/ERPs recorded while learners are either awake or asleep) in order to help individuals remember when/what they want to remember and forget when/what they want to forget.

Principal Investigator of the Memory Dynamics Lab.


Frank Scalzo, Associate Professor in Psychology | CV

Preston 101 | scalzo@bard.edu

The Bard Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory provides research opportunities in several areas of neuroscience. These include invertebrate behavior, immunohistochemistry, behavioral pharmacology, neurobehavioral teratology, neuroanatomy and molecular biology. Laboratory research integrates the research interests of students and faculty and is focused on understanding the behavioral and neurobiological effects of exposure to chemical substances whose primary mechanism of action are through the nervous system. Research is conducted using developing zebrafish (Danio rerio) as an animal model. Zebrafish provide an excellent model system in which to investigate a variety of behavioral and pharmacological effects because of their rapid growth and transparency during the larval stage that allows for the visualization of neuronal and other structures. Current research is focused on understanding the functional role of n-methyl-daspartate (NMDA) receptor systems in zebrafish and how these systems can be perturbed by chemical insults. Behavioral, neuroanatomical, psychopharmacological and molecular techniques are used in these investigations.


Kristin Lane, Associate Professor in Psychology | CV

Preston 106 | lane@bard.edu

Professor Lane is interested in how social thought, feeling, and behavior operate in a social context. With robust empirical evidence from the last few decades demonstrating how much of mental life takes place outside our conscious awareness has come the realization that people may hold two sets of attitudes toward a given object. Professor Lane is interested in implicit attitudes and beliefs (those that exist outside the bounds of conscious awareness and cannot be verbally reported evidence). In particular, her research focuses on implicit attitudes toward and beliefs about members of different social groups (race, class, gender, etc.). She investigates the fundamental ways in which such attitudes, identities, and beliefs operate: How do they form, and how are they connected? At the same time, Professor Lane is interested in ways in which such cognitions operate in the real world, and how an understanding of them can be applied to domains outside of the lab. Recent research explores the role of implicit attitudes and stereotypes in the gender gap in science participation.

Principal Investigator of the Social Psychology Lab.


Stuart Levine, Professor in Psychology; Dean Emeritus of Bard College; Dean of Bard High School

Stevenson 405 | levine@bard.edu

Professor Levine’s research interests include social psychology, specifically obedience to authority, conformity, attitude measurement, and change; small-group dynamics; moral development; statistics; and experimental design.

 

 

 

 


Richard Gordon, Research Professor and Professor Emeritus in Psychology CV

Preston 128C | gordon@bard.edu

Professor Gordon is Professor and Research Professor of Psychology and has taught at Bard College for nearly forty years. Since his retirement from full-time in 2008, he typically teaches a course on a periodic basis. He is interested the field of psychopathology and the treatment of human problems, and continues his work as a clinical psychologist in private practice. He has a special interest in the field of eating disorders, and has published major books in the field, including Eating Disorders: Anatomy of a Social Epidemic (Second Edition), Wiley-Blackwell, 2000. He has also written on the spectrum of psychiatric treatments, including medication and psychotherapy. Recent publications in these areas have included “Drugs Don’t Talk: Do Antidepressant Medications Contribute to Silencing the Self?” in the award-winning book by Dana Jack and Alisha Ali, Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Gender and Depression in the Social World (Oxford University Press, 2010).