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Faculty and Staff Profile

Bruce King

Psychology Emeritus Professor

Office: 379 Sirrine Hall

Phone: 864-656-7368


Educational Background

Ph.D. Biopsychology
University of Chicago 1978

B.A. Psychology
UCLA 1969

Courses Taught

Psych 306 (Human Sexual Behavior)--enrollment of 600+ per semester


After earning my doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1978, I served in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans for 29 years. As a result of Hurricane Katrina, I moved to Clemson University in 2007. In addition to my research publications, I have a textbook in human sexuality (Human Sexuality Today, 8th edition) with Pearson Education and another textbook (Statistical Reasoning in the Behavioral Sciences, 6th edition) with John Wiley & Sons.

Research Interests

(1) Feeding behavior and body weight. This includes basic physiological research with animals as well as studies that examine the role of the environment in the development of human obesity.
(2) Human sexuality and sexuality education

Research Publications

Pankey, E. A., Shurley, M. R., & King, B. M. (2008). A re-examination of septal lesion-induced weight gain in female rats. Physiology & Behavior, 93, 8-12.

King, B. M. (2010). Physiological psychology. In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (4th ed.), vol. 3, pp. 1243-1246. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

King, B. M. (2010). Point: A call for proper usage of "gender" and "sex" in biomedical publications. American Journal of Physiology, 298, R1700-R1701.

King, B. M. (2010). Analysis of variance. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education (3rd ed.), vol. 7, pp. 32-36. Oxford: Elsevier.

King, B. M. (2010). Variance. In N. J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Research Design, pp. 18-20. Sage Publications.

King, B. M., Primeaux, S. D., Zadeh, M. L., de Gruiter, J. E., Plant, J. D., Ferguson, A. V., & Bray, G. A. (2011). Olfactory bulbectomy impairs the feeding response to 2-deoxy-D-glucose in rats. Brain Research, 1367, 207-212.

King, B. M. (2012). The need for school-based comprehensive sexuality education: Some reflections after 32 years teaching sexuality to college students. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7, 181-186.

King, B. M. (2013). The modern obesity epidemic, ancestral hunter-gatherers, and the sensory/reward control of food intake. American Psychologist, 68, 88-96.

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