Dr. Church is a brilliant scholar who has spent more than 60 years at Brown University studying the processes of learning and decision making. During the last 30 years he and his students (many of whom are now established and impressive scholars in their own right) have been studying mechanisms of time and timing.
There are many excellent articles to recommend from his career:
There is much to tell from his work and the influences that he’s had on Psychology. In tracing some of the context that got Dr. Church started in Psychology, there was a clear family influence. Dr. Church keeps just a few images by his desk — the most striking is a simple line drawing of his grandfather: Dr. James E. Church. J.E. Church was an audacious scientist who made expeditions to Greenland, the Himalayas, and around the world testing water samples in the snow pack (the technique he invented is still in use today!). The daring spirit of J.E. Church and young Russ’ interactions with him as a boy partly inspired his own journey into science. That familial encouragement coupled with a love for animals and a strategic dedication to solving mysteries seem to have motivated a tremendous career for Dr. Church at Brown University.
(Pictured are Dr. Church at his home. The second image contains a photo of two key images from his desk: a signed drawing of J.E. Church and a photo of the Brown Psychology faculty, taken from around 1960. Dr. Church is the dapper man in the light gray suit, front row on the far left).
Dr. Michael Gordon is a Professor of Psychology at William Paterson University in New Jersey. His research on Sensation & Perception emphasizes auditory and audiovisual detection (e.g., psychomusicology, psychoacoustics, speech, auditory navigation, collision detection, echolocation). He is working on a new project to capture the voices and ideas of prominent and influential Psychologists who have shaped the field.
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