Martin Shapiro, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Links to some of my other e-portfolios:
- e-Portfolio Digication Tutorial Videos
- Global Challenges Initiative (AASCU)
- Art Scientifique
- Biological Psychology e-portfolio book.
My primary interests are in learning, decision making and neuroscience. For a long time my research has focused on animal learning, choices and behavior. More recently I have been focused primarily around the area of risky decision making and confidence in humans. We have developed different computer tasks that test memory and gambling decisions based on a person’s confidence in success. In our electro- encephalography lab, we are looking at different event-related potentials that correlate with choices made on these tasks. We have also established a psychophysiology lab using equipment from BIOPAC to measure different stress responses such heart rate, galvanic skin response and muscle activity (EMG) when people are making risky decisions. Finally, some students and I are testing Brain-Computer Interface equipment by Emotiv that allows participants to learn to move objects on a computer screen by controlling specific brainwaves using a modified EEG cap and biofeedback. I feel it is extremely important to provide students with opportunities to involve themselves in the experience of research.
I teach courses in Biological Psychology, Learning and Memory and Motivation. I also teach an upper division course for the Smittcamp Honors College on large global trends.