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Faculty and Staff Profile

Thomas Alley

Professor of Psychology
President, International Society for Human Ethology

Office: 312J Brackett Hall
Phone: 01-864-6564974

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology
University of Connecticut 1981

M.A. Experimental Psychology
University of Connecticut 1979

B.A. Philosophy
Penn State University 1975

B.S. Psychology
Penn State University 1975

 Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
Introduction to Psychology
Applied Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory
Psychology of Food & Eating
Sensation & Perception
Sensation & Perception Laboratory

Graduate courses:
Perception, Cognition & Technology
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Special Problems in Applied Psychology


Visiting Fellow – Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (Austria). [] (2007) Visiting Scholar – Emory University, Department of Psychology (Sept. 1998 - May 1999 & Sept. 1991 - May 1992)

 Research Interests

Cognition; Ecological Psychology; Evolutionary Psychology; Eyewitness Testimony; Face Recognition; Human Ethology; Memory; Perception and Psychophysics; Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Appearance; Psychology of Food and Eating; Research Methods

 Research Publications

Alley, T. R., & Potter, K. A. (2011). Food neophobia and sensation seeking. Pp. 707- 724 in V. R. Preedy, R. R. Watson & C. R. Martin (eds.), Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition. Springer.

Alley, T. R. (2012). Contaminated and uncontaminated feeding influence perceived intimacy in mixed-sex dyads. Appetite, 58: 1041-1045.

Alley, T. R., Brubaker, L. W., & Fox, O. M. (2013). Courtship feeding in humans?: The effects of feeding versus providing food on perceived attraction and intimacy in dyads. Human Nature, 24: 430-443. DOI: 10.1007/s12110-013-9179-7

Alley, T. R. (2014). Food sharing and empathic emotion regulation: An evolutionary perspective. Frontiers in Psychology (Cognition), 5. 121 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00121