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David Becker

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2880
Biography

I am a cognitive and social psychologist, strongly influenced by evolutionary theory and complexity science. My work explores how social and emotional forces affect cognitive processing in order to facilitate basic biological and social goals (for example, self-protection and resource acquisition). I use a wide variety of experimental methodologies to explore the full spectrum of information processing, from perception and attention to memory, categorization, and decision making. I want to know how these things work in the real world. My latest efforts involve using mobile technology to implement field replications of some basic findings of laboratory cognitive science. This has the potential to both generalize these results to non-traditional populations and to address traditional limitations of cognitive science research. To this end, I am developing and coordinating a network of international collaborators who can both implement and inform the direction of these investigations. I have an abiding interest in how the dynamics and self-organization of complex social systems might be influenced by ecological and evolutionary factors, particularly with regard to social traps, mating-related behaviors, and the dynamics of popular culture. Lastly, I am interested in the role that computers can play in allowing us to visualize and understand these complex dynamics, how these visualizations can help people to engage in appropriate regulatory behaviors, and more generally how these displays can augment cognitive capabilities.

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HSE 101Human Systems Engineering
HSE 492Honors Directed Study
HSE 499Individualized Instruction
HSE 540Found Applied Cognitive Scienc
HSE 584Internship
HSE 592Research
HSE 599Thesis
HSE 792Research
HSE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HSE 584Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HSE 492Honors Directed Study
HSE 493Honors Thesis
HSE 499Individualized Instruction
HSE 592Research
HSE 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 360Cognitive Science
HSE 493Honors Thesis
HSE 499Individualized Instruction
SMC 540Found Applied Cognitive Scienc
HSE 592Research
HSE 599Thesis
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
SMC 540Found Applied Cognitive Scienc
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
SMC 540Found Applied Cognitive Scienc
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 360Cognitive Science
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
SMC 540Found Applied Cognitive Scienc
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 360Cognitive Science
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PGS 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 531Multiple Regression/Psych Res
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 599Thesis