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Scott Parker

Professor Department of Psychology

Additional Positions at AU

  • Affiliated Faculty, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences
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.


PhD, Columbia University, Psychology
MA,Columbia University, Psychology
AB, Columbia College, Mathematics

CAS - Psychology
Asbury - 325
M & W 6:45 - 7:45 PM PSYC 220 only Thursday 3-5 pm
Contact Info
(202) 885-1719 (Office)

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For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Editorial Board, Empirical Studies of the Arts

    2006 to present

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests


  •  Forsythe, M., Zellner, D., Cogan, E., & Parker, S. (2014). Attractiveness difference magnitude affected by context, range, and categorization. Perception, 43, 59 – 69.

  • Parker, S. (2014). Were the Victorians cleverer than us? Maybe, maybe not. Intelligence, 47, 1 - 2.


Professional Presentations