College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Ty W. Boyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology

Development & Cognition
Brannen Hall 1024, 1008A
(912) 478-7102, 912-478-5122

Ty Boyer earned a BS in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2000, and an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2002 and 2005. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Chicago Department of Psychology, followed by several years as a research associate in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. His general areas of research are cognitive and perceptual development. His research asks, how do people gather information from their surrounding contexts? What roles do others’ presence and actions play in this process? How are these percepts compared and contrasted with preexisting representations? How do these perceptual and representational processes interact to form expectations that guide actions? What aspects of these processes might be attributable to inherent biases that emerge very early in life versus learning and development that require more prolonged experience? He has conducted studies on the development of action perception and understanding, numerical and probabilistic reasoning, and decision-making processes and risk-taking tendencies, with a broad developmental perspective that spans from infancy to adulthood. His teaching interests are primarily in research methods, child psychology, infancy, cognition, and developmental cognitive neuroscience.

Last updated: 8/27/2020

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