I am a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. I earned a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at SUNY-Buffalo. I also served for two years as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University.
Over the years, I’ve published three scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the areas of human cognition, language processing, and experimental aesthetics. About five years ago, I decided to completely shift my research program to aesthetics. Part of the reason behind this shift was my lifelong interest in art and photography. With experimental aesthetics, I managed to find a unique niche that fits my interests in art and also fits the empirical research tradition I’ve always followed. To date, my colleagues and I have published some interesting findings and I hope to follow up on those findings with the study that is proposed here.