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Ty W. Boyer, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair

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

Ty Boyer is interested in 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 is what we perceive compared and contrasted with preexisting representations, how do these perceptual and representational processes interact to form expectations that guide actions, and 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, and cognition. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, and spent time as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Chicago Department of Psychology and as a research associate in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University.

Last updated: 7/18/2022