Psychology

Faculty & Staff

Department of Psychology

Department of Psychology Group Photo August 2021

Faculty

Allard, Eric; Associate Professor and Interim Chair Naser, Shereen; Assistant Professor
Baker, Blair; Assistant Professor Nordlund, Matthew; Assistant Lecturer
Frato, Patrick; Associate Lecturer Pethtel, Olivia; Assistant Lecturer
Goncy, Elizabeth; Assistant Professor Poreh, Amir; Professor
Horvath, Michael; Associate Professor Reardon, Kathleen; Assistant Professor
Hurley, Robert; Assistant Professor Slifkin, Andrew; Associate Professor
Jackson, Tawana; Assistant Lecturer Smith, Albert; Professor
Judge, Katherine; Professor Vail, Kenneth; Associate Professor
McLennan, Conor; Professor Yaroslavsky, Ilya; Associate Professor
McMahon, Colleen; Associate Professor  

staff

Barb Durfey; Administrative Secretary Steve Antol; Administrative Coordinator

Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

Mark Ashcraft David Grilly
Brian Blake Richard Rakos
Stephen Coleman Stephen Slane
Leslie Fisher Benjamin Wallace

 

 
 
Eric Allard

Image of Dr. Eric AllardDr. Allard investigates the behaviors and mental processes that impact healthy emotional functioning across adulthood and old age. Of particular interest are age differences in the strategies and abilities individuals utilize to manage their emotional states. Dr. Allard’s lab uses various tasks and methods, which include assessing the role of visual attention (via eye tracking) and psychophysiological activity (via heart rate and skin conductance measures) on successful emotion regulation throughout the adult lifespan. Students interested in working in Dr. Allard’s lab are invited to contact him.

 

                 Faculty Profile
e.s.allard@csuohio.edu

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Blair Baker

Dr. Blair Baker's work seeks to cultivate equitable spaces for Black students in K-12 settings. Her research centers on preparing educators to appropriately respond to racial conflict between pupils and investigating racial battle fatigue among Black high school students. These empirical efforts aim to establish racially centered prevention and intervention strategies in the school systems. Students who are interested in getting involved with this work are more than welcome to email Dr. Baker. 

 

 

                 Faculty Profile
b.a.baker64@csuohio.edu

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Patrick Frato

Photo of Patrick FratoMr. Frato is a school psychologist whose research interests include grade level retention, systems change, response to intervention, and reading interventions. Due to his teaching commitments, he is not seeking student assistance and is not available to supervise student research.

            Faculty Profile
p.frato@csuohio.edu

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Elizabeth Goncy

Photo of Dr. Elizabeth GoncyDr. Goncy investigates how relationships (e.g., romantic, peer, parent-child) impact behavior during adolescence and young adulthood with specific focus on dating abuse, aggression, victimization, and substance use. She studies a) the etiology of aggression, and resulting victimization, and substance use and the identification of risk and protective factors and consequences, b) mental health issues related to dating abuse, substance use, and aggression, and c) relationship factors during these developmental periods. She is willing to meet with highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to discuss research opportunities in her lab.

               Faculty Profile
e.goncy@csuohio.edu

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Michael Horvath

Photo of Dr. Michael HorvathDr. Horvath investigates (1) how people seek balance between their work and non-work lives, including, but not limited to, the role of religion; (2) how people look for jobs—the strategies they use, their motivation for searching, and what attracts them to particular organizations; and (3) the causes and effects of forgiveness for workplace offenses. Availability of research opportunities with Dr. Horvath varies over projects and semesters; he is happy to talk with potential student collaborators.

                       Faculty Profile
m.horvath59@csuohio.edu

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Robert Hurley

Photo of Dr. Robert HurleyDr. Hurley’s research area is cognitive neuroscience. He uses techniques such as eye tracking, electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to better understand how the human brain processes language, recognizes objects, and links the two together. His research program involves testing typical younger and older adults as well as individuals with disorders of language (aphasia) and object recognition (agnosia). Dr. Hurley is particularly interested in working with students who have engineering and/or computer programming experience.

                 Faculty Profile
r.s.hurley@csuohio.edu

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Tawana Jackson

Portrait of Dr. Tawana JacksonDr. Jackson's primary focus is teaching. She has a BA in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University. In addition to her passion for teaching, Dr. Jackson is dedicated to social justice issues and has great interest in research and service which impact those from marginalized and underserved communities.   As a practitioner, Dr. Jackson is enthusiastic about expressive psychotherapies, play therapy and culturally relevant treatment modalities. Due to her teaching commitments, she is not currently seeking student research assistants. 

 
 
                  Faculty Profile
t.m.jackson24@csuohio.edu

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Kathie Judge

Photo of Dr. Kathie JudgeDr. Judge’s research focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating cognitive rehabilitative, psychosocial skills training, and care-coordination models for individuals with cognitive impairment, their family caregivers, and health care providers. These intervention protocols are designed to positively impact a wide range of well-being, strain, coping, and functional outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Judge’s research seeks to understand the illness experience associated with cognitive impairment, including individuals living with dementia, stroke, and/or traumatic brain injury. Students interested in working with Dr. Judge are invited to contact her.

                  Faculty Profile
k.judge46@csuohio.edu

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Conor McLennan

Photo of Dr. Conor McLennanDr. McLennan is a cognitive psychologist who directs the Language Research Laboratory. His research interests include language perception, bilingualism, cognitive aging, and other topics in perception, language, and cognition. The goals of his research program include understanding how various populations of listeners represent and process spoken language, understanding the role of bilingualism on cognitive processes such as inhibition, and considering how language research can be applied in interesting ways to address practical problems in other areas. Any student interested in possible research opportunities is encouraged to contact Dr. McLennan directly.

                      Faculty Profile
c.mclennan@csuohio.edu
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Colleen McMahon

Photo of Dr. Colleen McMahonDr. McMahon conducts research on behavioral assessment and intervention techniques as well as professional issues in school psychology. She is particularly interested in (a) accuracy of school and home-based functional behavior assessment with children; (b) child and adolescent self-regulation interventions; and (c) peer and self-management techniques to improve undergraduate academic success and belongingness. Dr. McMahon is willing to serve as a member of an Honor's thesis committee in 2018-19.

                          Faculty Profile
c.m.mcmahon@csuohio.edu

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Shereen Naser

Photo of Dr. Shereen NaserDr. Naser is interested in how schools collect data about student behavior, and use that data to inform school level, classroom level and student level interventions. She is specifically interested in building school capacity to address student behavior in a way that is effective for students from diverse backgrounds. Dr. Naser is happy to answer student questions about research, and to have undergraduate students talk to her about working in her lab.

              Faculty Profile
s.naser@csuohio.edu
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Matthew Nordlund

Photo of Dr. Matthew NordlundDr. Nordlund received his B.A. from Hamline University in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron in 2009.  He has since taught psychology at a number of schools, including The University of Akron, Kent State, Stark State, Ashland University and Cleveland State University. His primary research interests include the effect of priming on self-perceptions of personality and obstacles to the accurate measurement of personality.

 

 

Faculty Profile m.nordlund@csuohio.edu

 

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Olivia Pethtel

Photo of Dr. Olivia PethtelDr. Pethtel’s primary focus is teaching. Beyond her passion for teaching courses within her specialization of Developmental Psychology, she is enthusiastic about teaching a wide variety of Psychology courses, including Lifespan Development, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, and Psychology of Women and Gender. She has taught these courses and more at Bowling Green State University, Youngstown State University, and Saint Francis University. Dr. Pethtel has published research in the areas of adult development and aging in relation to well-being, decision-making, and culture. Outside of her professional work, she also enjoys playing music and disc golf.

 

Faculty Profile o.pethtel@csuohio.edu

 

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Amir Poreh

Photo of Dr. Amir PorehDr. Poreh is a clinical psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological assessment and assessment of personality disorders. He has developed the "Quantified Process Approach” to neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Poreh has also developed a novel measure for the study of visual spatial memory and is currently validating it with various clinical populations such as patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and epilepsy. Additionally, he is developing a new personality inventory aimed at improving psychiatric care. Dr. Poreh has an active research lab and is open to supervising and/or involving highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students in his research program.

              Faculty Profile
a.poreh@csuohio.edu

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Kathleen Reardon

Portrait of Dr. Kathleen ReardonAs a researcher at the intersection of clinical and personality sciences, Dr. Reardon aims to understand how we can leverage personality to prioritize healthy socioemotional development. Her research interests include externalizing behaviors viewed from a developmental psychopathology perspective. She focuses on both adaptive and maladaptive outcomes, with an approach that accounts for multiple levels of analysis including biomarkers, individual differences, and environmental influences such as relationships, life stress, socioeconomic status, and culture. She has examined the influence of personality on several disinhibited phenotypes in youth, including physical and relational aggression, gambling, substance use, and risk-taking behaviors, with an emphasis on personality disorder-relevant traits (e.g., dominance, narcissism, callousness, assertiveness). Students with interests in youth externalizing problems, personality, or personality pathology are invited to contact Dr. Reardon. 

              Faculty Profile
k.w.reardon@csuohio.edu

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Andrew Slifkin

Photo of Dr. Andrew SlifkinDr. Slifkin investigates the control of action (i.e., motor control) and action-related perceptual processes. Some of his specific areas of interest include non-linear dynamic assessment of motor system output, aging and the motor system, movement disorders, mindfulness and motor control, and decision making in action. Students interested in research in Dr. Slifkin’s laboratory are encouraged to contact him to discuss potential opportunities.

               Faculty Profile
a.slifkin@csuohio.edu

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Albert Smith

Photo Dr. Albert SmithDr. Smith conducts two disparate lines of research. In one, in the area of health survey methodology, he collaborates with nutritionists and statisticians to improve methodology for dietary data collection and to understand situational and respondent characteristics that are associated with errors in dietary reports. In the other, he investigates word perception and the stimulus factors that influence it. Students interested in research in cognition are invited to contact Dr. Smith to discuss research opportunities.

                 Faculty Profile
a.f.smith@csuohio.edu

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Ken Vail

Photo of Dr. Ken VailDr. Vail investigates topics in social psychology, including: belief systems, politics, religion and atheism; existential motivation, personal growth, and defense; and freedom and support for leadership/authority. Research assistants receive training in significant aspects of the research process, including: addressing theory and research questions; participant recruitment; research design & materials preparation; conducting experiments; preparing data for analysis. Students interested in research opportunities are invited to contact Dr. Vail.

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k.e.vail@csuohio.edu

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Ilya Yaroslavsky

Photo of Dr. Ilya YaroslavskyDr. Yaroslavsky studies the roles of autonomic nervous system and attention processes in emotion regulation and the transmission of depression risk. He seeks to understand how people’s efforts to change how they feel are influenced by physiological states, attentional resources, and interpersonal environments. He aims to explore these relationships in adults, adolescents, and within families (both inside and outside the laboratory). Interested students who wish to obtain research experience and intend to pursue graduate training in clinical psychology are invited to contact Dr. Yaroslavsky about research opportunities.

                        Faculty Profile
i.yaroslavsky@csuohio.edu

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STAFF

 
Barb Durfey

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Steve Antol

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Emeritus/Emerita Faculty

 

Mark Ashcraft

m.ashcraft@csuohio.edu

Dr. Mark H. Ashcraft joined the CSU Psychology faculty in 1975 as an Assistant Professor, and became Chair of the Department in 1999. He remained in the Department until 2005, when he retired and moved to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to become Chair of that Psychology Department. He was named Professor Emeritus at CSU and UNLV upon retirement. He is remembered especially for his textbook on cognitive psychology and his research on math cognition.

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Brian Blake

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brianblake@csuohio.edu

Professor Emeritus   
Department of Psychology

Areas of Interest/Specialization:
Consumer Psychology, Research Design, Statistical Analysis, Social Psychology

Education:
Ph.D., Social Psychology, Purdue University, 1969
M.A., Consumer Psychology, Purdue University, 1966
B.A., Sociology and Psychology, St. Peter’s University (NJ), 1964
 

Academic and Professional Experience :

Academic Positions:

  • 1969-1973:  St John’s University (NY): 
    • Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology, tenured 1972
  • 1973-1981:  Purdue University:               
    • Assistant, Associate, and Professor of Psychological Science and Agricultural Economics (Community Development), tenured 1976
  • 1981-2013:  Cleveland State University:   
    • Professor of Psychology, tenured 1981
    • Co-Founder and Director of the Master’s level Consumer-Industrial Research Program (CIRP) 1983-2006      
  • 2013-present:  Cleveland State University:
    • Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology      

Professional Positions (Since 1981):

Co-Founder and Partner of Tactical Decisions Group (TDG), a Cleveland based market research corporation with local and national clients that grew to million-dollar status in fairly short order.  Years later, TDG merged with a comparable sized firm focusing on political and civic research to form Triad Research Group.  Partner and Chairperson of the Board of Triad for several years, he subsequently concluded that he preferred academia and independent consultation. He sold his corporate stock and resigned Triad.  Still later yet, he was Senior Consultant in launching Action Based Research (ABR), a highly regarded market research firm doing specialized custom research for a wide variety of local, state, and national clients.  By his design, each of the three corporations provided a wide range of internships, part-time employment, and, upon graduation, full time professional positions for CIRP students.  

Research Interests (Since CSU retirement in 2013):

The first of two related foci is the adoption of innovations, with emphasis upon the form of adoption and the role of consumer innovativeness in the domain of online shopping vehicles.  This thrust springs from previous preliminary research on the impact of Domain Specific Innovativeness (Blake, Neuendorf, & Valdiserri, 2003, 2005), on the aspect of adoption in question (Blake, Valdiserri, Neuendorf, & Valdiserri, 2006), and on pertinent research confounds (Blake, Valdiserri, & Neuendorf, 2006).  Currently being developed are: a) a new conceptual definition and measure of innovativeness, “Generalized Domain Innovativeness” (Blake, Neuendorf, Given, LaRosa, Horvath, & Brandt, 2019); b) a new construct/measure of adoption, “consumer reliance” (Blake, LaRosa, Neuendorf, Yang, Hudzinski, & Zhou, 2018); and c) identification of the structure of the innovation domain (Blake, LaRosa, Yang, Skalski, Neuendorf, & Wu, 2013).  

The second focus is the development/extension of the previously proposed (Blake, Hamilton, Neuendorf, & Murcko, 2010; Blake, Murcko, Allen, Neuendorf, & Wilson, 2009; Blake & Neuendorf, 2004; Blake, Shamatta, Neuendorf, & Hamilton, 2009) “Preference Component Perspective.” This theoretical-methodological model was initially devised to assess the nature of national differences in stimulus preferences.  The model integrates:

  • numerical characterizations of overt preference responses as assessed via normative, ipsative, and quasi-ipsative measurement
  • revealed dimensions, both valid and artifactual, underlying the overt preference choices
  • correction of the overt and of the dimensional scores and the specific consequences of these adjustments for quantitative cross-cultural comparisons. 

To date, research on the Perspective has concentrated on preferences for features of online shopping websites. The model is currently being extended to cross-stimulus domain and cross-communication vehicle differences in the “Feature Appeal Generalization Perspective” (Blake, Given, Neuendorf, & Horvath, 2017).  Detailed explication of the complete Perspective and validation studies of model assumptions are in preparation.  

Research (Cited Above)

Blake, B. F., Neuendorf, K. A., Given, S., LaRosa, R., Horvath, M., & Brandt, E. (2019, November). Individual innovativeness revisited and reconfigured: Generalized Domain Innovativeness. Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, IL.

Blake, B. F., LaRosa, R. J., Neuendorf, K. A., Yang, L., Hudzinski, K., & Zhou, W. (2018), Reliance on e-shopping vehicles: conceptualization, measurement, and cross-national market differences. Journal of International Consumer Marketing, 30 (2), 70-84, DOI: 10.1080/08961530.2017.1381870 

Blake, B. F., Neuendorf, K. A., LaRosa, R., Yang, L., Hudzinski, K., & Yanying, H. (2017).  E-shopping patterns of Chinese and US Millennials, Journal of Internet Commerce, 16(1), 53-79.

Blake, B. F., Given, S., Neuendorf, K. A., & Horvath, M. (2017), Generalizing the appeal of B2C site features across domains, Internet Research, 27 (4), 1-23, DOI 10.1108/IntR-02-2016-0052

Blake, B.F., LaRosa, R., Yang, L., Skalski, P., Neuendorf, K.A., & Wu, M. (2013). What constitutes consumer “e-shopping”? Behaviors and vehicles in the US and China.  National Social Science Technology Journal, 3 (1).

Blake, B.F., Hamilton, R. L, Neuendorf, K.A., & Murcko, R. (2010). Individuals’ preference        orientations toward facets of Internet shopping sites:  A conceptual and measurement model. National Social Science Journal, 33 (2), 11-20.  

Blake, B.F., Shamatta, C., Neuendorf, K.A., & Hamilton, R. (2009).  Cross-national comparison of website feature preferences: A practical approach.  International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, 5(3), 147-165.

Blake, B.F., Murcko, R., Allen, M., Neuendorf, K.A., & Wilson, A. (April, 2009).  Adjustment for demographics in cross-cultural comparisons: Conceptual considerations.  Paper presented at the National Technology and Social Science Conference, Las Vegas NV.

Blake, B.F., Valdiserri, J., & Neuendorf, K.A. (2006).  Validation of the SDS-17 measure of social desirability in the American context.  Personality and Individual Differences,40, 1625-1638.

Blake, B.F., Valdiserri, C.M., Neuendorf, K.A., & Valdiserri, J. (2006).  The Online Shopping Profile in the cross-national context.  Journal of International Consumer Marketing, 19(3), 23-51.

Blake, B. F., Neuendorf, K. A., & Valdiserri, C. M. (2005).  Tailoring new websites to appeal to those most likely to shop online.  Technovation, 25, 1205-1215.

Blake, B. F., Neuendorf, K. A., & Valdiserri, C. M. (2003).  Innovativeness and variety of Internet shoppingInternet Research: Electronic Networking Applications and Policy, 13(3), 156-169.

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Stephen Coleman

s.coleman@csuohio.edu

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Leslie Fisher

l.fisher@csuohio.edu

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David Grilly

d.grilly@csuohio.edu

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Richard Rakos
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r.rakos@csuohio.edu

Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology

Areas of Interest/Specialization:
Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Behavior Analysis 

Research interests: 
Behavior analysis applied to promoting social change

Education:

B.A., SUNY at Stony Brook, 1972 - Psychology
M.A., Kent State University, 1975 - Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. Kent State University, 1978 - Clinical Psychology


Positions Held at Cleveland State University:

  • Faculty in Department of Psychology (1978 – 2016)
  • Chair, Department of Psychology (1995 - 1998) 
  • Associate Dean for Faculty and Program Development, College of Arts and Sciences (1999-2004)
  • Acting Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies, (August – December 2004)    
  • University Ombudsperson (January 2006 – May 2009; March 2010 – November 2010)
  • Associate Dean for Faculty and New Program Development, College of Sciences and Health Professions (July 1, 2010 – January 31, 2016) 

Recent Publications:
Rakos, R. F. and Switzer, K. (in press). Culturo-Behavior Science: Now is the time to focus on US immigration policy. Behavior and Social Issues.

Ardila Sanchez, J. G., Richling, S. M., Benson, M. L., & Rakos, R. F. (2020). Activism, advocacy, and accompaniment. In M. A. Mattaini & T. M. Cihon (Eds.). Behavior science perspectives on culture and community (pp. 413-436). New York: Springer.

Rakos, R. F. (2019). Asserting and confronting. In O. Hargie (Ed.). The handbook of communication skills (4th Ed., pp. 339-376). London: Routledge. 

Luke, M. M., Roose, K. Rakos, R.F., & Mattaini, M. A. (2017).  The history and current status of behavior and social issues: 1978-2016. Behavior and Social Issues, 26, 111-127.  doi: 10.5210/bsi.v.26i0.7728 111.

Rakos, R.F. (2013). John B. Watson’s 1913 “Behaviorist Manifesto”: Setting the stage for behaviorism’s social action legacy. Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, 39, 99-118. (invited)


 

 

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Stephen Slane

Stephen D. Slane, Ph.D.

s.slane@csuohio.edu

Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology


Areas of Interest/Specialization:
Social Psychology, Statistics, Research Design


Research interests: 
Time perception and behavior

Education:
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Ph.D. (Psychology)
Idaho State University, B.S., M.S. (Experimental Psychology)
Employment and Positions Held at Cleveland State University:
Previous Interim Director School of Health Sciences
Previous Interim Director, School of Social Work
Previous Associate Dean (for faculty), College of Science
Interim Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing, 2005-2006
Interim Chair, Department of Health Sciences, 2003 to 2006
Chairperson, Department of Psychology, 1988 to 1995

Peer Reviewed Publications (select recent):

Rosman, J., Slane, S., Dery, B., Vogelbaum, M., Cohen-Gadol, A., & Couldwell, W. (2013). Is there a shortage of neurosurgeons in the United States? Neurosurgery 73(2), 354-366.

Sikand, K., Slane, S., & Shukla, G. (2009). Intrinsic expression of host genes and introns miRNAs in prostate carcinoma cells. Cancer Cell International, 9: 21.

Rakos, R., Steyer, K., Skala, S., & Slane, S. (2008). Belief in free will: Measurement and conceptualization innovations. Behavior & Social Issues, 17, 22-30.

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Benjamin Wallace

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b.wallace@csuohio.edu

Professor Emeritus   
Department of Psychology

Areas of Interest/Specialization:
Perception, Psychology of Consciousness

Education:
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Kent State University, Kent, OH, 1972
M.A., Experimental Psychology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 1969
B.A., Psychology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 1964

Years at Cleveland State University:  1978-2013   

Selected and Most Cited Publications:

Redding, G. M., Rossetti, Y., & Wallace, B. (2005).  Applications of prism adaptation:  A tutorial in theory and method.  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 29, 431-444.

Redding, G. M., & Wallace, B.  (1996).  Adaptive spatial alignment and strategic perceptual-motor control.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance, 22, 379-394.

Redding, G.M., & Wallace, B.  (2006).  Prism adaptation and unilateral neglect:  Review and analysis.  Neuropsychologia, 44, 1-20.

Redding, G.M., & Wallace, B.  (2013).  Adaptive spatial alignment.  Psychology Press.

Wallace, B., Oswald, B.B., & Fisher, L.E. (2011).  Consciousness and behavior (5th Edition).  Kendall Hunt.

 

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