Montana State University

Department of Psychology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-3801
Fax: (406) 994-3804
Location: 319 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. Keith Hutchison

Dept Administrative Associate

Brenda Lewis

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Psychology Faculty News

"All the recent Psychology Department news that fits here."

Dr. Tom Heyman, a visiting postdoctoral researcher from Belgium (sponsered by Dr. Keith Huthison), is featured in the APA PeePs (Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology), and has an article is in press in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. He also floated the Madison River on a raft with another faculty member. View here

Dr. Jessi Smith was the keynote speaker at the MT Girls STEM Collaborative Conference in Helena November 2014. She was also interviewed on Montana Public Radio. Listen here

Dr. Monica Skewes presented a talk at Café Scientifique on October 24, 2014. View Here

Dr. Jessi Smith is on the MSU news webpage yet again. Read More

Dr. Richard Block was co-author (and PowerPoint creator) of a talk on "American Indians and the Metaphor of the Third World," presented in Denver, October 2014, at the meeting of the Association for Third World Studies. Another co-author was Aaron Richmond (M.S. MSU, Ph.D. University of Nevada-Reno, now Prof. at Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Dr. Jessi Smith wrote an invited blog post about the APS conference, social psychology, and ADVANCE. Read More

Dr. Richard Block made a presentation at the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco, May 2014, and connected up again with some other researchers. Here is one image, with the more famous time researcher obvious. View JPG

Dr. Michael Babcock was awarded a "Pure Gold" award from MSU Pres. Cruzado for recognition of his outstanding teaching.

Dr. Jessi Smith was interviewed on NPR's Marketplace Money, and she has certainly earned her 7 minutes of fame! Listen here

Dr. Michelle Meade was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work with cognitive researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She is there during the 2013-2014 academic year. Read More

Dr. Jessi Smith was interviewed on NPR's "The Take Away" regarding her research on Women's Bragging Rights. Listen here She also appeared live on a webcast from Huffington Post. View here

Dr. Jessi Smith was honored with a PCOSUW award, with thanks to Dr. Colleen Moore and Dr. Michelle Meade. Her entertaining video is here. Dr. Mike Babcock accepted her award, and he is also the major suspect on this YouTube video. Read More

Dr. Jessi Smith's research was referenced in this Wall Street Journal piece on "How One College Boosted Female STEM Graduates – FAST"  Read More

Dr. Richard Block was interviewed for an article that appeared in the French-language Le Monde de L'Intelligence (The World of Intelligence), titled "Quand la perception du temps nous joue des tours" ("When the perception of time plays tricks with us"). Although he does not read French, the link is available on request.

Dr. Elizabeth Brown's 2013 research was reviewed in a Huffington Post titled "Women in Politics: Study Says More Women May Actually Be Hurting Cause." Read More

The Psychology Department hired two new faculty members beginning in Fall, 2013. Dr. Rebecca Brooker came from University of Wisonsin-Madison, and Dr. Matt Vess came from The Ohio University.

Dr. Jessi Smith gave a public talk to the Gallatin Valley Human Resources Association on Shifting Standards and Subtle Bias’ in Hiring and Employment on September 13, 2012.

Dr. Keith Hutchison's research on the Lexical Decision Project was cited in a Huffington Post titled "What Big Data Can Teach Us About Language." Read More

Dr. Jessi Smith was awarded the Cox Faculty Award for Creative Scholarship and Teaching. Read more

Dr. Keith Hutchison and Dr. Michael Babcock were featured in an article in Montana 55 magazine titled "Cognition: Don't Let Your Brain Coast." Read More

Dr. Richard Block traveled to Tubingen, Germany (a sister university of MSU) and gave a talk supported by his work on a European COST grant.

Dr. Jessi Smith is PI on a $3.4M NSF ADVANCE grant. For details, see . She is also now the Special Assistant to the Provost of MSU, and Director of ADVANCE. See the above article.

Dr. Richard Block gave a talk at the Sunrise Rotary Club on "The Flow of time is a Perceptual Illusion."


Dr. Richard Block received a Charles & Nora L. Wiley Faculty Award for Mertiorious Research and was honored at the 2012 Spring Convocation at MSU.

Dr. Richard Block was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). This was announced in the September, 2011, issue of the APS Observer.

Dr. Michael Babcock received a 2011 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research/Creativity Mentoring at the 2011 Spring Convocation. Read More

Dr. Jessi Smith received a Betty Coffey Award and a Letters & Science Award for Meritorious Research. Read More.

Dr. Richard Block was interviewed for an article in the August 31, 2011, issue of USA Today concerning researched published in the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Dr. Richard Block was interviewed for an article in Slate concerning a comment made by President Obama.

Dr. Jessi Smith received a 2011 award from the MSU College of Letters & Science for Meritorious Research.