Department of Psychology
Additional Positions at AUAffiliated Faculty, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences
- Born in Brooklyn, Scott Parker began teaching at American University in 1974. He is interested in the quantitative aspects of our experiences and how we make evaluations and choices based on them. Examples include how loud we think sounds are, how valuable we think $50 is, how much we like a piece of music or art. He has also studied how people compare things – the loudnesses of two sounds or the attractivenesses of two paintings.
DegreesPhD, Columbia University, Psychology
MA,Columbia University, Psychology
AB, Columbia College, Mathematics
- CAS - Psychology
- Asbury - 325
- M 6:45 - 7:45 PM PSYC 220 only; Tu 4-5 W 6:45 - 7:45 PM PSYC 220 only; Th 4-5
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Partnerships & Affiliations
Executive Board of International Society for Psychophysics.
Board of Directors of Eastern Psychological Association.
Consulting Editor, Perception & Psychophysics
Editorial Board, Empirical Studies of the Arts
2006 to present
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Professor Parker’s research interests are primarily in perception and psychophysics (both social and sensory), utility, hedonics, and preference.
- Kushner, L., Wyatt, L., Parker, S. & Zellner, D. Food texture can induce disgust. Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, Zurich , Switzerland, July 2012.
- Parker, S. Robust method for increasing power in two-group comparisons of means. Association for Psychological Science, Washington DC, May 2011.
- Parker, S., Moore, J. M., Bahraini, S., Gunthert, K., & Zellner, D. (2012). Effects of expectations on loudness and loudness difference. Attention Perception and Psychophysics., 74, 1334-1342.
- Rozin, P., Grant, H., Weinberg, S., Parker, S. (2007). Head versus heart;: Effect of monetary frames on expression of sympathetic magical concerns. Judgment and Decision Making, 2, 217-224.
- Schneider, B. A., Parker, S.,Murphy, D. (2011). A model of top-down gain control in the auditory system. Attention, Perception; Psychophysics, 73, 1562 - 1578.